Each year on the second Sunday in May, Americans give special recognition to their mothers on Mother's Day. The holiday was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis as a way to honor one's mother. President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.

To Jarvis' dismay, Mother's Day soon became a highly commercialized holiday, which is the opposite of what she had intended as a personal tribute to one's mother. She even began to oppose the very holiday she had helped to create.

Today, Mother's Day remains a very commercial holiday, as it is one of the biggest days of the year for flowers, greeting cards and dining out.

While there's certainly nothing wrong with treating your mother to a nice dinner, some flowers and a beautiful card, keep the spirit of Jarvis' vision for Mother's Day alive by honoring your mother in a personal way. Write her a handwritten note of thanks, or tell her in your own words how much she means to you.

Celebrate the bond that exists between you and your mother. Explore your unique relationship. You might be surprised by what you learn.

For example, if you've ever tried to sneak a cookie before dinner, you may have been caught red-handed by your mother, when you thought she wasn't paying any attention to you.

How did she know? Does she have eyes in the back of her head?

Although she may try to convince you otherwise, it's highly doubtful that she has an extra set of peepers tucked away in the back of her head. Instead, it's more likely that she just knows you all too well and can anticipate what you will do… maybe even before you yourself know what you're about to do!

Many mothers will tell you that this special connection with their children stretches beyond the mere ability to anticipate their behavior. More than just guesswork, these mothers believe they possess something called "mother's intuition," which is a form of insight or knowledge about their children that is independent of actual perception.

Mother's intuition is often described as a “gut feeling" that mothers sometimes get about their children. Psychiatrists believe this “internal radar" that mothers tend to have for their children begins at conception and strengthens throughout the nine months before a child is born.

There are many stories of mothers who have had persistent thoughts or dreams — and sometimes even physical feelings — that have led them to believe their children were in danger. Mothers who have followed their intuition have often learned they were correct and saved their children from all sorts of danger.

For example, 5-year-old Bella Flint's mother sensed that Bella had a brain tumor. Although Bella's doctors at first didn't believe her mom, she kept insisting that they run more tests. Eventually, her mom was proved right, and Bella's life was saved.

Experts believe there are too many such stories for mother's intuition to be only coincidence. Indeed, some experts argue that mothers should attempt to “tune in" to their intuition more often and follow their instincts when it comes to their children.

So, in the future, take heed to your mother's warnings. If she has a “gut feeling" about something, don't dismiss it. Honor her intuition and take heed. You never know when your mother's intuition could save you from danger!

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