Parenthood, Actually: How My Mom Influenced My Mothering
[Editor's Note: Whether or not we admit it, our mothers shape how we mother our children. This post by Lori at Write Mind, Open Heart speaks to that in all of the ways that her mother influenced her over the years. It's a beautiful tribute that may make you want to call your mom and say thanks. -Jenna]
I often feel I can’t hold a candle to her. I did not sit patiently, reading Pat the Bunny countless times while my children potty trained. I do not put 3 home-cooked meals on the table each day, every day. I do not play game after game after game with my children. I have not handled our health blips with the same aplomb she did. I complain. A LOT (ask Roger). I have my own interests, and I make them a priority.
I’m not actually sure what I *did* get from her, but I shudder to think how I would have turned out without her.
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