Whenever I’m with my mother, I feel as though I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines.
— Amy Tan, The Kitchen God’s Wife
I grew up feeling that sentiment. My mother was forever correcting me, threatening me, and scolding me. I promised myself that I would never do that to my children. I vowed that I would be sweetness and light, that I would only be encouraging and patient.
I was in for a rude awakening.
I found myself saying things to my children that my mother said to me. I’m sure my children will find it as annoying and infuriating as I did. But it all comes from love. They’ll figure that out later, as I did.
Happy Mother’s Day!
What did your mother say to you that you now say to your children?