My Type of Mothering

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Yesterday I read this post by Stork and the Beanstalk and it really got me thinking about what kind of mother I am.  Am I the mother who basically watches from afar and rarely steps in?  Am I the mother that helicopters over what he does to make sure he never gets hurt?  Am I one of those that have changed parenting into something "precious".

I think I'm somewhere in the middle.  I'm a big believer of letting Henry explore and entertain his curiosity.  I want him to discover the world himself and I'm happy to step back and let him do so.  I want him to fall down and I want him to make mistakes.  I want him to understand what failure is and how to deal with situations on his own.  I want him to know that in life there will be disappointments and things that won't make him so happy.  And I want him to know how to move on from those situations without me there to fix them.

But I also want Henry to know how insanely loved he is.  I want to play with him and teach him and entertain him and let him know that he is the biggest thing in my life.  I want him to know that I will always, always have his back.  That he can always come to me any time he has a problem, any time he has screwed up.  I want to be there for him.  I want to continue allowing him to fall asleep on me each night until he doesn't want to anymore.  And I want to go to him when he's crying and he really needs me.

We all mother in our own ways.  And we might not always agree with how someone else parents.  But in the end, all that matters is that our children are loved.  And however you show your child love is just fine with me.