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Doesn’t Everyone? For so many of us, our moms mean everything to us.

And as you and I have gotten to know each other through my weekly columns, I figured it was time to share a few of the things my mom taught me, important lessons that I use every day. Because they are as much a part of who I am as anything I do. And I’d like for you to know me better.

My mom taught me to always do my best. “OK but every Mother says that Jennifer.” I know, but she would take specific daily events and work through them with me, to find out what I wanted to do better or differently next time. Practical, but without lecturing. It is a tool that really helps me serve the needs Marshalltown’s seniors here at The Willows. They deserve my best, so I am always evaluating how I can do better for them.

She also taught me to never go to bed mad. At anyone, or about an event of the day. Another common lesson, but my mom really made sure I did it. She could just tell any time I was unsettled and she would patiently talk through it with me until I felt better. Only then would she let me turn off the lights.

She would also not allow harsh words when describing either a friend or someone who I had met. Sure, that didn’t keep me from trying. But she just wouldn’t have it. And finally that has become a lifelong habit for me.

These lessons, and the patience she taught me as she guided me through them, have served me in every part of my life, as a mother, a friend, a neighbor, and as a leader at The Willows.

I’m forever thankful for them and I think they help set us apart in providing the very best in Assisted Living and Memory Care for our residents. Give me a call on my cell: 485-1672. I’d love for you to share your mom’s or dad’s life lessons with me.