Have you ever thought about what it really means to be a parent? More specifically, a Mother? A Mama? I must say that my definition of this term was pretty standard for most of my life. When I was a child, I knew what my Mama meant to me. I knew the emotions and feelings associated with that word. I knew that even though me and my Mama didn’t always see eye to eye that she loved me and she knew best and I’d better do as she said if I wanted to succeed in this life. Yeah, right! Of course I can write that now. At the time, I would have vehemently denied agreeing with a lot of what Mama told me. Turns out, she was right about almost every single thing she ever told me.
Fast forward to me embarking upon my journey through Motherhood. All the rules that once applied went out the window. All the truths that I once held near and dear are, as it turns out, no longer valid.
I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I knew exactly what to do. Well, not all the time, but most of the time. And I felt like the choices I was making regarding my kids were the right ones, and the very best ones I could make for them at the time. I sometimes looked at other Mother’s and wondered what in the world was wrong with them? How could they let their kids do this? How could they just ignore that behavior? Or worse yet, I’d look at the kids and think to myself, what is wrong with your Mama that you’ve turned out the way you are? If I were being honest right now, I’d tell you that not only did I think these things, but I also voiced these opinions, quite a bit.
I’m sure there are a whole lot of people out there saying the same thing about me at this point. I’m sure there have been people who haven’t always agreed with all the choices I’ve made regarding my kids. I’m also sure that deep down, I really knew that I didn’t know exactly what to do in every situation, but I did the very best that I could possibly do. Like all the other endeavors in my life, I’ve given 110%, and beyond. Especially where my boys have been concerned.
But ya know what? I’ve learned a very important lesson in this journey. One that I probably never would have been able to grasp if I hadn’t been in the situation I’ve been placed in by time and circumstance. And this lesson is so earth shattering and soul-shaking, and yet so simple and so real and so humbling. A lesson that I’m sure lots of Mothers before me have had to learn the hard way, including mine, bless her heart.
Are you ready for it?
Here it is.
No matter how you raise your kids, they’re eventually gonna do things you don’t agree with on their journey to becoming whoever it is they’re meant to be in this life.
There is absolutely no one on the face of this earth who can prepare you for this little truth in life. No one can tell you this is going to happen. No one can warn you that this might happen. There is no book you can read that will alert you to this fact. There are no seminars you can attend to learn about this phenomenon. There’s no television show that’s gonna get this message across. There’s no guru you can visit who will enlighten you to this fact.
This epiphany only happens once you’re in the midst of your own kids stumbling off the path, or in some cases, jumping straight off the flippin’ cliff that’s just to the west of the path. Sure, other’s might warn you about these things happening, but your kids would never do any of those things. After all, you raised them better than that. You taught them right from wrong. You showed them the right way to be. You talked to them about all the dangers they might face out there in the world. You tried to have an open relationship with them where they felt safe to talk to you about anything. You did the very best that you could possibly do and your kids will never turn out that way.
Never say never.
That still remains one of the most honest and real things my Mama used to tell me. It was true back then, it’s true today, and it’ll be true tomorrow. My journey through Motherhood is far from over, but it sure isn’t turning out to be the trip I always envisioned when my boys were little.
My one and only piece of advice for any parent out there, but especially to all you Mama’s…
Never say never.