A Working Mom’s Letter to her Child


To my precious one,

Funny how you told me this morning that you are my precious daughter and I asked you why. Your answer was brilliant! You said, “It’s because you love me, Mama!”

Every night, as I kiss you good night I do wish you do not have to say, “I’ll see you when you pick me up tomorrow, Mama!”. I wish I am with you throughout the day and see the things you do while I am away from you.

Every morning as I draw a cross on your forehead, I wish I do not have to do that. I wish I can sleep in late with you and greet you “good morning with a smile!”. I know we do that in the weekends, but I know you feel it is never enough. I know you wish it’s summer all year long, so you can go down the stairs every monring and see my hugs waiting to wrap you up.

You saw me cry today as I picked you up from school, right?
You asked me why and I said, “it is because I don’t want to see you be the last child at the preschool to be picked up.”
Then, you added – “It’s because I am your precious one, right Mama?”
And I said, “Yes!”

I know it is tough in the morning for you and your Dad to do the regular routine, while I am already off to work. I do not know how we are actually doing it – but we are. You have been great. You have been an inspiration, and will always will be. You have been very understanding of Mama’s work schedule; you have been great at it!

Remember what I just said at dinner time? I said, “I will do anything for your sake, because you are my precious one.” And your Daddy seconded it with a kiss.

I really believe that when you wish upon the star and I ask you what you wished for, but won’t tell me – I do believe this is your wish: “I wish my Mama stays home with me all day long! I wish summer is here.”

And this is what I will wish upon the next star: “I wish that your wish will come true!”

I love you precious one!




19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stuart Otway-Smith
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 21:30:48

    We often find the time to do things for our selves, but at the cost of time with our children, the joy they bring to me fills my me glee, yet I know there are many moments missed that are simply iraplaceable.

    Take the time to talk to your kids you never know what you might learn =)


  2. Adam J. Holland
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 21:31:35

    Make sure you save this. She’ll really appreciate it when she’s doing the same for her own.


  3. whatidesiredtosay1
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 21:33:22



  4. A Fettered Mind
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 22:47:48

    mmm…kids, they have no idea how their simple smile lifts us or how deep their disappointments cut us. Great post.


  5. Leanova Designs
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 22:56:34

    This is great, straight from the heart 🙂


  6. Melissa Monks
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 23:06:13

    So tender, makes me want go wake my little guy up just for a hug:) Thank you so much for sharing.


  7. Transitioning Mom
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 23:19:52

    Lovely. Heartfelt. Honest. A true reflection of a mama’s heart.


  8. Jay The Baker
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 23:38:10

    A very touching post…got a tear in my eye. Jay


  9. bestlifeafterbreastcancer
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 00:56:22


  10. Avdhessh Arya
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 02:33:45

    You brought tears to my eyes Alpha…

    Thanks a lot for writing this post.


  11. Savira
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 03:47:16

    This was just beautiful and honest. Those moments are special and as time goes by I have learnt much more from my own very kids.


  12. stuartart
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 04:58:19

    Is there anything more profound than the love we have for our children? You have reminded me how I often felt when my daughter was young. She is grown now but when I see her I still want to squish her in my arms like a baby. 🙂


  13. abtwixt
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 07:49:22

    As a regrettably working mother of two young kids, I couldn’t keep the tears from flowing. You have expressed many of the thoughts I hold daily in a beautiful way.


  14. SweetP
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 08:06:35

    Beautiful! Don’t be so hard on yourself, your daughter knows how much she means to you, she always will know this 🙂 It’s funny cause now I am at the stage where I am home all the time (well when not travelling) and my kids think it’s kinda weird that their mom doesn’t work. But they do like that I’m around whenever they need a ride! 🙂


  15. bmillergirl1
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:29:20

    Beautiful letter to your precious one. May I offer you a moment of solace as I reflect on my own regrets of leaving my children to go to work. Now that they are grown what I find is they don’t remember the mornings the same way I do. They don’t know the contrast of what they had vs. what I had vs what I wanted to give them. And thankfully, they don’t feel the sadness we feel for having to leave them. They remember the silly things that became their childhood – chocolate chip pancakes, the Halloween costumes, the Christmas scavenger hunt for their gift, the spur of the moment sleepovers, the song I sang to them, they way they could make me laugh. They remember what they had, and not what they did not have. Let that ease your mother’s heart. Your precious one is building lovely memories with you and with her dad. What could be wrong with that! Be blessed!


  16. Raani York
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 16:22:44

    This is such a beautiful letter to your daughter it nearly made me cry! How lucky you are to have such a precious daughter – and how blessed she is to have such a loving and caring Mom!! Well written!!


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