Happy New Year! I hope your holiday was nice. Ours was great but I came to some realizations. First of all, I’m a helicopter mom. Yes, I’ve admitted it. I work every day with parents at the University of South Florida encouraging them to not be helicopter parents, to let their students find their independence. And what do I do? I do the same things I tell them not to do. For example, I reminded Lane to fill out the grad school applications, several times (ok, lots of times). Hello, if she wants to go to grad school, she will fill them out. Time for me to remember that important detail. I found myself trying to be the mom of a high schooler again, not the mom of a college student. Ugh. But the girls humor me. And I appreciate that. Is that a sign of them maturing? I think so.
I also realized I am not ready to be the mom of a college graduate. As I was taking down Christmas decorations, I held all the ones Lane made me when she was young and I got a tear in my eye thinking about her getting to the point she is now. A smart, kind and focused woman. I’m proud but there are those fleeting moments when I wish she was back in 1st grade bringing home the cute little handprint ornaments and pictures. If I could do it again, I would try to be more appreciative of those moments (of course I would go back to those days if I could know what I know now!) and not be so busy, busy, busy. Poor Ruthie. She is going to have to deal with me trying to keep her my baby.
Time for me to snap out of the walk down memory lane and enjoy the here and now, right?
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