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A Letter to Mothers and Mother-Figures as First Teachers


Category - Tribute
05/07/2021 - 11:55 am
Image Credit: Teaira Claire

Written By Kim Grzesek
Copy Editor Shamara King


To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou.

Mothers and mother figures teach us to eat, walk, talk, and later in our life guides us on the pathway towards our future selves. It is not easy to define the role of a mother or mother figure because they wear multiple hats in a child’s life. But one defining role mothers and mother figures play in their child’s life is being their first teacher. A crucial role in so many ways since a child’s first teacher provides the foundation in creating their character and motivation in life.


3 Ways a Mother or Mother Figure influence a child as their first teacher

Helps develop early literacy and numeracy skills

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child,” an anonymous mom said.

Emotional awareness is key to developing a sense of self and empathy for others. Our mother or mother figure teaches us by making the child her priority. She finds a balance between taking care of herself and another person. We learn through her the ultimate form of compassion. This plays a large part in developing emotional intelligence in a child.

Helps develop early social skills

Children learn by imitation and from peers in social conditions, same as inside a classroom. However, your home is as good as any formal schoolroom to deliver results. Our life at home is where we first develop a social construct. Our mother or mother figure emulate this for us as we go. We observe her actions, her words, and the people around her. From this experience, we learn from our mother or mother figure how to perceive human interactions and how to respond to them. This is where we develop patience and understanding.


Helps establish values and morals

A teacher is another individual that shows us our first template for creating our values and morals. We can choose how we react to the world and what we believe is important to us. Kindness is the most important core value my mother consistently demonstrated to me.

I once asked my mother, “What animal would you be if you had to pick one?” “A bee so I can help other people,” my mother said.



This Mother’s day, Moving Mountains Tutoring and Mentoring Services want mothers and mother figures to know that their work does not go unnoticed. You truly are superheroes that hold it together through the roughest of waves and embrace the calm before every storm. Most of all, you are the ultimate first teacher for each generation.

Thank you for every hug, word of encouragement, and the act of love you’ve given us. Thank you for always being the shining example of what we wanted to be like when we grow up. To all the mothers and mother figures, Happy Mother’s Day! What would we do without you!?

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