Recently, in a somewhat spirited conversation with my daughter, I was told that giving her advice “Isn’t your job.” Of course without missing a beat I explained, again somewhat spiritedly, that giving advice is indeed my job and I continued to list other things in my job description
I won’t repeat it for you, because you’d tune me out just like she did. But, I would like to name the top five things that I (am moms all over the world ) do, which teenagers forget about and for which I know they are eternally grateful, even if they don’t show it.
I potty trained them. Without me they would probably figure it out on their own but I think I am owed a little gratitude for setting them up for bathroom success. Not to mention all the diaper changes and ‘accident management’ that I’ve provided.
I find the phone, the purse, the keys, the money, the shoes, the permission slips, concert tickets, and the coat, to name a few.
I braid hair, trim hair, find hair elastics, dye hair, put it in a bun, curl it, straighten it, even try to french braid (even though I stink at it) because you asked me to, and then I suffer your bad moods when I fail.
I taught you the alphabet, how to count, how to ride your bike, even how to clean the bathroom, but I guess you forgot that last part.
I am your biggest fan, bar none. I go to recitals, shows, sports matches, I watch your cartwheels, I love your poetry, hang your artwork, and tolerate your non-stop singing and dancing when I’d rather be reading a book. I am the cheerleader who encourages you to try when you want to stop, and I am there to understand when you’ve had all you can stand of trying.
I am mom.