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'Other' mothers can change the lives of children, too

Nobody replaces a good mother, but the best mothers welcome the other women (and men) who fill the gaps in a child's life: the teacher who takes time to explain a concept that was not understood, the coach who emphasizes sportsmanship and character, the neighbor who's willing to help out in a pin...

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I had the best mom in the world, but I also benefitted from "other" mothers: a former boyfriend's mom who encouraged me and has been a lifelong friend, an elderly woman whose stories of courage and adventure make me dream bigger and take more chances outside my own comfort zone, a friend who's always willing to listen to my worries and cares and offer prayers along with sage advice.
Several months ago, a reader told me the story of Mary Eckert, a woman I've never met who has become the "other" mother to villagers in the highest ...

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