Happy Mother’s Day ~ May 8, 2011

Hello Mothers,

For this special day, in your honor, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes with you:

“However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source.” ~ African Proverb  (No matter how old your children are, they will never forget you.)

“It takes a village to raise a child.” ~ African Proverb

MOTHER (dictionary definition): 1. A female parent. 2.Someone who cares for and nurtures others. 3. Person known for being intelligent, compassionate,loving, and giving. 4. Giver of life. 5. Individual always available when needed. 6. Person counted on for emotional support. 7. Loved one. 8. Someone possessing great beauty, style, elegance, and grace. 9. The qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection: It is the mother in her showing itself. 10. Healer. 11. The greatest person in the world.

“Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years.” ~ Unknown

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.”         ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“BE the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Ghandi

“Be the change you wish to see in others, including your spouse and children.”                     ~ Linda Marten

“The hardest (& most important) people to love are the people you live with.” (I think Mother Teresa said that.)

“There are no great acts, only small acts done with great love.”~Mother Teresa

“We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act.” ~ Charlotte Lunsford

“In  your life’s journey, there will be excitement and fulfillment, boredom and routine, and even the occasional train wreck…. But when you have picked a dream that is bigger than you personally, that truly reflects the ideals that you cherish, and that can positively affect others, then you will always have another reason for carrying on.” ~ Pamela Melroy

“Be who you are, and go the whole way.” ~ Walt Whitman

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching. Sing like nobody is listening. Live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ Unknown

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.”  ~ Ovid

“It stands to reason that a change in us will be a force for good that will help the entire family”. ~ from Alanon “How Can I Help My Children?”

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.” ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Those who have the most to be grateful for often grumble and complain.  Others, living desperate and even tragic lives, somehow keep cheerful and manage to get some joy out of what little they do have.” ~ Unknown

“That the birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.” ~ Chinese proverb

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” ~ William Shakespeare

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About Linda Marten, MSW

Linda Marten is a California Credentialed Parent Educator since 1998, a former LAUSD parent educator & teacher advisor for 14 years, and a Member of the California Teachers Association (CTA) . She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Washington and has extensive experience teaching and training parents and teachers. Linda leads interactive, informative workshops for parents, youth, and teachers from diverse socio-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds focusing on numerous issues related to parenting as well as helping youth who want to stop being bullied. Ms. Marten is a "bully expert" and has had great success teaching youth the "Bullies to Buddies" method developed by Izzy Kalman, school psychologist. Linda provides private sessions by appointment. She is also the mother of two children.
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