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Family Central: Words of Wisdom from a Mom

My two sons are 15 and 13, yet I still don’t know what I am doing as a parent most of the time. I find myself saying, “Boys, it’s not like I have been a mother before, so we’re going to have to figure this out as we go.”

Sure, some parts of parenting come naturally, but I often have to ask older, wiser people for answers when a situation arises with the boys and I don’t know what to do.

OK, let’s be real. I call my mother. She lives eight hours away, but my brother (who lives in the same town as my mom) usually calls me to find out where she is. And I usually know.

This Mother’s Day, I won’t be with my mom, but I still have her words of wit and wisdom deep in my heart. Two of my favorite things she always said were “It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday…you go forward from where you are.” And when she used to find me tearing apart her kitchen to make one of my many homemade pizzas, she somehow would smile and say, “It’s ok to make a mess. Enjoy what you are cooking in here, and we will clean the kitchen later.”

The last one may seem silly, but it isn’t. Mothers can give their children freedom to explore and learn instead of stifling an idea because it seemed messy, complicated or certain to fail.

This Mother’s Day is a great time to stop and think about a few of the good things your mother has taught you along life’s way. And now that I am a mom, I can tell you that nothing would make your mother happier than to hear those words from you.

Greek Hummus Pizza
1 (10 oz) tube refrigerated pizza dough
1 (7 oz) container hummus, any flavor
1/2 cup chopped ripe tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped red bell peppers
3 slices red onion, separated into rings
1/3 cup sliced, pitted black olives
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 450º F. Roll pizza crust dough into a large oval. Spread hummus over the crust; top with remaining ingredients. Bake pizza for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is browned.