Growing up, I never realized how much my mom did for me. She never worked. She always had dinner on the table. She always kept the house picked up. She was always available to me and I thought she was just too involved in my life. I hated it. I hated that she was always there. My friends parents weren’t always there. My friends could come and go as they pleased and they didn’t have a mom right there watching their every move. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t my every move, but she was always there….and I hated that.
I didn’t understand until I got older. My mom showed me what you do for your family. When I thought she was “all up in my business” she was actually making sure I didn’t get into trouble. When I was jealous that my friends could run around doing what they wanted, my mom was making me a healthy meal. When I was jealous that my friends were being bought everything they wanted, my parents were making it on one income so my mom would be available for me.
I didn’t realize this until I had my own children. As my children grew, I realized how important it is to be here for them. I have raised my children the same way I was raised. We eat family dinners each night, I help at their school and I bake their cupcakes, not buy them. These are the things my mom did for me, and the same values are being instilled in my children. We are a family, we support each other and yes, I will be “all up in your business” but it’s only because I love you.
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