It is so easy for me to take everything to do with my children personally. I am a mom, after all, a stay-at-home mom at that. The problem is, when I am deeply identified with my kids’ successes and challenges, I am a worse parent than when I see more space between us. Sometimes I find it helpful to envision myself as a steward of these little people. They have landed in my life and are staying for a while. My job is to attend to them and look after them as best I can and then release them to continue on their journey.
Published by Emily P.G. Erickson
Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts