Dear Readers: How much do mothers matter? Worlds. To all mothers, stepmothers, and female caregivers, Happy Mother’s Day! — Love, Lauren
Ryann, 17, Tustin: My mom sets an example with continuous self-sacrifice and determination to make my and my brothers’ lives as full as possible. She raised us to know family is the most important thing. She doesn’t baby or pamper us, which has taught me independence and self-sufficiency. She’s realistic regarding spending and frivolity, thus I’ve learned the value of money and hard work. Many might criticize her for not indulging us, but I can think of nothing more selfless.
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