Moms are special. They welcome us to the world, watch us grow, sing us to sleep, and bandage our knees and elbows.

 

Moms are resilient. They hold their breath when we climb tall trees or swim in the deep end, occasionally pulling us from the rapids.

 

Moms are sentient. They know our fears, cheer us on, worry over us, soothe our disappointments and mend our broken hearts.

 

Moms are all those things and a hundred more, putting in long hours without complaint, juggling career, household and children, serving as cook and counselor, driver and confidante, with a ready ear and an understanding nature.

 

May is the month of Mother’s Day and an occasion to recognize the special women who have given so much to help us become the people we are. It is also the month AY About You spotlights Super Moms: very special women who consistently answer the call of duty on behalf of their families. Super Moms do it all and make it look easy, and we are proud of each and every member of this year’s class.

 

Here’s to you.

 

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Rather than slowing down now that she and husband Larry have an empty nest, Melissa Chance has instead been hard at work on another project. Her first book, Parenthood: Project Protection, out this June, is a parent’s guide to “navigating the dangers our children and teens face in today’s world, such as social media, bullying and sex trafficking, just to name a few.” Chance is also keen to remind others that parenting does not end just because the kids leave home. “As you watch them make big life decisions, you are right there with them, praying for them and coaching them,” she said. “I believe being a mom is a job for life!”

 

What is the most memorable piece of advice you received about motherhood?

When my first child was about 2 years old, a wise older lady told me, “There will be so many ‘nos’ in your child’s life. When you are able to, say ‘yes’ to them.” So many times, our children ask something of us that requires our time, and it is easy to say no because, of course, moms are always exhausted. When my children were young, if they asked something of me, I would take the time to think it through before giving them my answer. Saying “yes” when you can also makes the “nos” you give them less frustrating.

 

What has been the most unexpected part of being a mom?

When my kids left home, they became my friends. I respect who they are and the choices they make. They are all truly wonderful people, and spending time with them is an absolute joy. Yes, there are times I have to keep my unsolicited advice to myself, but I think that is one of the reasons they like spending time with me. They know I have their back, and they absolutely have mine.

 

What other “moms” or mother figures in your life do you look up to?

When I was newly engaged, I realized I had no idea how to be a wife or a mother. There was a lady in her 70s at my church named Kitty Longstreth, and I always admired her from afar because she was so wise and kind. One day, I called her out of the blue and asked if she would mentor me. She had no idea who I was, but she agreed, and I met with her once a week for several years. I still have the five-page handwritten letter of blessing she wrote to me when I got married.

 

Does your family have any interesting traditions?

We have gone to the beach together every year since they were babies, and we still do so. The fun part is now we have added my daughter’s husband, Matthew, and my son’s fiancee, Katie. It is a great bonding time for us.

 

What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?

When a mom has young children at home, it is so tempting for some to believe they must have a perfectly clean house, serve only organic meals, etc. When your children are older, they will not remember shiny floors but the quality time spent with their moms.