Every year we take some time out to celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day. This year ESSENCE wants to help you not just celebrate her but strengthen those bonds by learning more about her.

From April 27 through May 10, we have prepared a series of conversation-starters for you and your mom. Share a laugh, shed a tear, talk for hours. Just don’t forget to share with us what you learned—if she lets you!—using #ESSENCEMom.