I’ve been a mom for 24 years and a nurse for 12 years. Clearly that makes me an expert on both, right? Sitting here now I realize I can’t give myself such a broad subject because I can’t figure out where to start!
Our youngest turns 18 in 2 weeks, graduation in next weekend. This has made me so very sad/tearful this week. I really don’t know what to do if I am not being a mom/wife/nurse 24-7. It just doesn’t seem that I’ll have enough to keep me busy and if I’ve learned anything from years of counseling I’ve learned there is no better way to avoid resolving a disastrous childhood then to have a very busy life!!
We all know children don’t come with a handbook but I’ll tell you what, I know what things I got right and…….which one’s I got wrong!! I can also tell you that the older I get the better I get at parenting, I am sure of it!! To anyone that ever tried to claim that you can be a great parent at a young age hadn’t been a parent at 40+. Everyday I get better, I become more humble, more wise and all around better parent!! Although I raised 4 kids while finishing nursing school and working 5 doubles a pay period, I do much better work over the last few years, working 40 hours a week and co parenting!! Although the children often ask where the other mom went, they are quick to tell you how great the last few years have gone.