Time is bipolar; it crawls along at a glacial pace or flies at lightning speed.
I now have two teenage girls and can feel the fast-forward button being pushed in my life. In no time at all, they will be off to college, and I’m afraid I will be wandering around the house complaining that I don’t have anything to complain about. No clothes strewn everywhere, no dirty dishes left everywhere, no highly emotional girls lounging everywhere. Which is sad, as I love lounging with highly emotional girls. Consequently, I hang and lounge as much as I can to drink them up before they are out.
As we lounged this week, I posed some mother questions. I thought it was a cool way to honor Mother’s Day, since without them I wouldn’t be eligible for this holiday. The answers are interesting, contradictory, loving and honest, just like (I assume) all of our kids.
— 14-year-old: Lie in bed, insult each other and make each other laugh.
— 15-year-old: Reading in bed together and touching feet.
— 14-year-old: You are always there for advice.
— 15-year-old: You give us space and freedom.
— 14-year-old: That you go away to work for months.
— 15-year-old: That you turn into an ogre at night.
— 14-year-old: I would be stricter about little chores around the house. I guess I would be more of a pain in the ass.
— 15-year-old: I would make sure my kids spend more time on their own. So they learn how to function in the world. You do too much for us.
— 14-year-old: I would want to create the same home life: safe, open, no judging (I feel like I can tell you anything.)
— 15-year-old: I would let my kids mess up, the way you let us mess up.
— 14-year-old: That you would learn your breaking point.
— 15-year-old: That you would stop giving me advice.
— 14-year-old: That you always have a companion in your kid.
— 15-year-old: That you get to love a kid.
— 14-year-old: Have to raise a kid!
— 15-year-old: That you have to bring out the best person that kid can be, that’s tough.
— 14-year-old: Whether or not to have a child.
— 15-year-old: Who I am going to marry.
— 14-year-old: To be honest.
— 15-year-old: To hold onto yourself.
— 14-year-old: That we are going to hate you for a few years, or we won’t like you, but we will always love you.
— 15-year-old: That we can’t be perfect all the time, and that we are very different people than our parents think we are — not necessarily in a bad way — just really different. Oh, and that we really need to be listened to. Just listening, no opinions!
Do you have any questions to ask your kids? If so, I would love to hear their answers. Finally, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! I am so happy to have a membership card to this club.
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