Deciding what kind of a parent you're going to be, and what kind of parent you are, are two entirely different things. I remember sitting on the end of C's bed many times over the years, reassuring him that he could tell me anything. It's easy to say that, but your child has to believe that they will still be loved no matter what they share with you.
I recently received an email from one of C's friends where he had told her:
"Probably the most favorite memory with my mom is when we would talk about life together, whether it was at home or on a long drive to Utah. She was my best friend and we could talk about almost anything."
That makes me so happy!
1 month ago