A friend once asked me how to handle her disobedient son. She was going through a divorce and her son was taking out his pain, confusion and anger about his parent’s relationship on her. She wanted to distance herself from him because he was being so hurtful. But I told her to reconsider.

My mom and I have an imperfectly perfect relationship. We’re close. But we rarely see eye to eye on anything. We’re as different as we are alike. I like to find good deals. She loves brand names. She chose a traditional 9 to 5 job. I went the opposite way and designed my own career. At the same time, we’re both sensitive and emotional, which is the perfect recipe for personal and sometimes heated debates.

But I have to say one thing. I grew up as a child of divorce too. And I told my friend that no matter what happened, no matter how much I misbehaved, my mom did something that I will never forget. She would always come into my room, sit on my bed and tell me how much she loved me. She loved me through my rebellious phase, when I was at my most unlovable and even when I disobeyed. And I think it’s her love that really got me through the tough times in life. I think for that reason I was lucky. That’s what I was thinking about this past Mother’s Day.

It looks like a few of our bloggers this past weekend were thinking about their moms too. We’ve got a few popular posts this week about Mother’s Day that I hope you will enjoy.

Inspiring Quotes in Honor of Mothers and the Gifts of “Mothering”

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Read this if you are a mother, have a loving mother or mother-like figure in your life. You will definitely feel the love and gratitude for the mothers in your life after reading this post.

Lessons From My Mother: Your Depression is Not Your Own

(Depression On My Mind) – One daughter reflects on her mother’s difficult life and through it finds love and gratitude. It’s a courageous story about the bond between mother and daughters.

Mental Health Matters – Mental Health Heroes

(Mental Health Humor) – In this top post, Chato B. Stewart shows us how he is celebrating Mental Health Awareness month and looking back at what it took to get him there.

Why Do Relationships Fail?

(Always Learning) – What do you think makes relationships fail? Unpleasant experiences? Traumatic events? You may be surprised to learn what researchers found really splits people up.

6 Ways to Have a Flourishing and Loving Relationship

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Desiring a positive and loving relationship? It’s not all fun and games. This post lays down the guidelines to help you get the relationship you’ve been looking for.