We talked to teens to learn more about their moms—from the most awesome to the most embarrassing things they do.

By Family Circle Editors
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The Awesome Thing My Mom Does

Talks to me as a friend.

Abby, age 14 

Lightens the mood by making outrageous suggestions when I need serious advice.

Laurence, age 19 

Has probably the highest score in Ms. Pac-Man ever.

Emma, age 16 

If I’m really stressed or nervous, she  knows what to say to assure me that it’s not the end of the world and that it’s all going to be OK.

Rebecca, age 16

Will almost always help with something, even if she’s super tired. 

Juliana, age 14

Listens to me, even when I sometimes talk about nonsense.

Claudia, age 14 

Saves animals for a living.

Ali, age 15 

Sometimes surprises me with a cookie or doughnut she got from somewhere.

Jude, age 13

Tells me I’m great even when I’m not.

Faith, age 15 

MOM ESSAYS FROM OUR MOTHER'S DAY SERIES:

It’s Embarrassing When My Mom:

Tries to do Fortnite dances.

Alexander, age 15 

Hugs/kisses me in front of my friends.

Jude, age 13

Tries to quote social media and slang; it’s endearing, though!

Abby, age 19

Talks for way too long. 

Nathan, age 14 

Sings.

Emma, age 16 

Yells at me during my volleyball games.

Morgan, age 15 

Cheers for me at basketball games.

Sam, age 15 

Brings up my embarrassing moments to other people.

Hannah, age 16 

Acts like I’m a little girl, especially when I’m with my friend, or when she tries to be cool. 

Addie, age 13 

Sarcastically imitates me and says, “Mom, stop embarrassing me.” 

Alex, age 14

What Makes My Mom Cool

She sings in the car with me.

Morgan, age 15 

She keeps up with all my school drama.

Sophia, age 15 

She works really hard, is kind and is woke about social issues.

Imogen, age 16 

She doesn’t over-pressure me in terms of college stuff; she prioritizes my happiness in life.

Rebecca, age 16

She lets me party in our basement and doesn’t yell at me for listening to rap music.

Faith, age 15 

She’s funny, kind and engaging.

Alexander, age 15 

She can talk about all subjects, from geopolitics to my friends, and give really sound advice.  

Laurence, age 19

She hangs out with us.

Sofia, age 13

She speaks a different language.

Emily, age 14 

She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her.

Reese, age 17

I Wish My Mom Would Stop

Picking me up early from parties.

Alexander, age 15 

Bringing me to school in her pajamas. 

Ali, age 15 

Saying my phone is causing all my problems.

Faith, age 15 

Yelling at me. 

Abby, age 14

Asking me about boys.

Morgan, age 15 

Harassing me about my disorganization.

Sophia, age 15 

Accusing me of things.

Emily, age 14 

Laughing at the horrible times when you’re not supposed to laugh.

Julia, age 13

Doubting herself. She is such a good mom and I want her to see how well she takes care of all of us.Abby, age 19

The Best Time with My Mom Is When We

Talk about what my future could be.

Addie, age 13 

Talk about our dreams.

Imogen, age 16 

Talk about her teenage years and I am able to confide in her and get honest advice. 

Hannah, age 16 

Talk in the car.

Sophia, age 15 

Laugh together.

Reese, age 17

Hang out and bond.

Abby, age 14

I Have My Mom’s Back When

My sister is fighting with her. 

Nathan, age 14

Other people criticize her. 

Alexander, age 15

She needs to vent about work or something that is bothering her.

Julia, age 13 

She’s in a bad mood. 

Sofia, age 13

Always.

Morgan, age 15

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