If I could, I would totally turn back the clock 20 years. I was a young mom ready for the world. My own mom knew nothing. NOTHING. She wasn’t worldy and her advice was ridiculous!
She had no clue. She was “old” and outdated. I was a “mom” and I knew what I was doing. I had this.
I was wrong!
I should have listened to my mom. Life is hard. Parenting is harder.
I was NOT an expert. I’m still not. Six children later, I’m still clueless about this parenting thing. I’m about to be a grandmother and I’ve yet to learn how to be a parent. I should have. Could have. Listened.
But I didn’t.
Now I have to learn how to grand-parent. I’m not ready. My baby will give birth to a baby and she’ll look to me for advice. What do I have? Just wing it my love. You’ve got this. That’s what I did and y’all made it through. Wing it. I think all parents do.
Our parents try to teach us. My mom tried to teach me. If I had listened, the wrinkles and grey hairs wouldn’t be so prominent now. If my own babies listen to me, they might get through.
But I see wrinkles and grey hairs for them ahead. None of us listens. If we’d have known then what we know now, we would have listened. But we had to learn on our own. So do they. Good luck. You’ll learn. And one day…you’ll be thankful.
Momma wasn’t a bitch after all. She cared. You’ll see it in time. In the meantime, if you ask what we think? Just listen. We might know what we’re talking about. If we’d have known then what we know now? This world might not be such a shit can. You can be the change.
Just know now what you should know later which is, listen to your mother. And welcome to parenthood. It’s not easy but you turned out OK!
Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.
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