The more skillful the caregiver, the more invisible her efforts become. Ideally the recipient themselves don't even notice that they are being cared for, other than to accept caring as part of the natural order of things...Like the work of a fine seamstress, the tiny stitches that build character and confidence are invisible to the eye" (Ann Crittenden in The Price of Motherhood p. 72 as quoted by Jane Clayson Johnson in I am a Mother p. 60)
The tiny stitches that build character and confidence are the little things we do everyday like give warm hugs, sympathetic smiles, tell stories and play games.
Thank you, Moms! You make the world a better place!