I’ve been a mother for 27 years. A parent for one.
Is that because I’ve aged and changed? Yes. Because I know myself better than ever? Yes. Because I’ve been told I am a “good enough mother”. Yes.
But it is also because just recently I have all three adult children living with me. Whoo hoo! Not.
Before, when they were kids, I knew what it meant to be a mother. Love, support, guidance and discipline. Setting boundries, helping with problems. Being a parent to an adult? 3 adults? With very different needs, wants, abilities, coping skills, personalities. Being a parent has recently become a whole new ball game. They are their whole selves now.
Being a mother. Self explanatory. Pretty much. A parent, not so much. More discussing, more teaching, more problem solving.
The same amount of love and affection. Yes. Discipline? No..reasoning through mistakes, guidance. Yes!..
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