Eighteen years ago today, I welcomed my daughter into the world as I embarked on the sacred path of motherhood. In reflecting on the many adventures I’ve experienced as the CEO on this amazing journey, I am left in awe that we managed to find a way to get through the formidable childhood years together successfully, in spite of all the obstacles and setbacks. What’s even more amazing, which I am deeply grateful for, is that we continue to grow and evolve as a result of this ongoing learning experience.
I am also really excited about this next phase in the management of our family unit. This phase consists of the integral renegotiation process of the mother-daughter relationship. In my youth, growing up in a dysfunctional abusive arena, as each of my siblings and I turned 18, one by one we were thrown out of the nest in a very non-loving, non-supportive, and traumatic manner. To avoid facing a similar parting of ways with my impressionable teen, I looked to guidance from counselors, educators and excellent books like Parenting with Love & Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay (2006). These components have been integral in helping with the transitional phase as primary caregiver to taking on the role of adviser. The key in achieving successful outcomes, however, is also incorporating some wise words of wisdom I received years ago from my dear Granny Helen, “Advice is welcomed, when it is asked for.” So, as I enter this new phase, patience is the mantra for this meddling Greek mama as I do my best to remember to stay on the sidelines while I continue to encourage, support and watch my child spread her wings as she embarks on her own adventures of exploration in pursuing her passions.
In the meantime, I found this video clip which serves as a tool to help in the motivation process. It is an enticing device to those who watch it. Be warned however … it has a tendency to inspire those who watch it to take action and “rise up” to the occasion. So on this special day, I encourage my daughter and everyone else so inclined, to dare to dream, then move forward in a positive manner with confidence to pursue those dreams and reach your highest potential:
That’s it for this week! We will return next week with all new posts. Until then … stay organized!
A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.
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