13 Heartwarming Words Every Thankful Daughter Wants To Tell Her Mom

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If you haven't said "thank you" lately, here's how.

Despite the ups and downs a mother-daughter relationship may weather over the years, there are few things stronger than the bond between a mom and her daughter. Looking for a way to say, "Thanks, mom"? We thought so.

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As the saying goes, "Here's to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them." Let your momma know she did her part.

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We've all had that moment of realization: I've become my mother. Let mom know you're actually glad you did.

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Your relationship probably took a few hits–especially during the teenage years. Now that you're grown, you realize mom was looking out for your best interests all along. Say thanks (and maybe apologize for your bratty moments).

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When you were younger, you probably thought your mom just "didn't get it." Turns out, it was you who didn't get it. Warm her heart and tell her you understand.

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Author Jodi Picoult said it best when she said, "My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her."

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Lorelei and Rory Gilmore are mother-daughter relationship goals. Proof? Rory's graduation speech: "My ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her. Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything." Tear.

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Jared Leto's Oscar acceptance speech recognized his mother's sacrifice and hard work. "She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream."

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Want to make your mom cry happy tears? Play her Taylor Swift's song "Best Day." The lyrics are a touching tribute to any mom.

"And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall / I know you were on my side / Even when I was wrong / And I love you for giving me your eyes / Staying back and watching me shine / And, I didn't know if you knew / So I'm taking this chance to say / That I had the best day with you today."

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She taught you how to love and care for others–and that deserves some thanks.

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Having trouble finding the perfect words? Let Maya Angelou guide you: "My mother was so full of joy and life. I am her child and that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.”

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Writer Robyn Passante penned a heartbreaking letter to her late mother last Mother's Day saying, "Thank you for living through me, for me and beside me, for carrying me when I needed you to (and sometimes when I didn’t, but still whined to be held — again, I’m so sorry for the whining!), and for letting me run ahead more often than you may have wanted me to."

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Sometimes Hallmark says it best.

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Not one for getting mushy? "Thanks for the good genes!" will do.

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