In the U.S., we celebrate Mother’s Day the third Sunday of May. This post is going to give you some vocabulary for discussing mothers.
First, mothers can be biological, adoptive, or foster. Mothering is about nurturing and taking care of a child. The person who did that for you is your mother whether or not she carried you in her body for 9 months.
To nurture or take care of a child means to feed them and give them love and affection. It means to provide for their needs for clothing, shelter, wisdom, and comfort.
Our mothers are always there for us.
“Be there for someone” means be willing to help, no matter what. They sacrifice themselves for their kids–they give up their free time, their sleep, and their money so that their kids can thrive.
Even when we get older, our mothers are there for us if we want to talk heart to heart.
Whenever we talk about everything–no secrets–this is having a heart to heart.
They often nag us. “Nag” means to tell someone to do something again and again.
They might nag us about cleaning our rooms, helping with the housework, getting better grades, having different friends, dating different people.
You might have heard the expression “Tiger Mother.”
A tiger mother is a mother who pushes her child to excel academically. For a tiger mother, anything less than 100% is unacceptable.
An American author named Amy Chua wrote a book about being a tiger mother:
Tiger mothers stress kids out. Ideally, mothers would encourage their kids without making them feel anxious or not good enough.
Practice: Write your mother a letter or card in English telling her why you appreciate her. If she can read English, give it to her to read. If she can’t, translate it for her.