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I Will Always Be Your Mom

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The other day, while we were driving home from the store, my daughter asked me, “Will you still be my Mom even when I’m your age?” She’s always asking questions so I didn’t think anything of it. But she didn’t drop it like she usually does. Instead, she elaborated. She pointed out that my Mom and I don’t speak, and she doesn’t remember us speaking in years. And because of that, she’s been worried that I would eventually stop being her Mom. In her 9-year-old head, this was “normal”. My heart broke. I somehow managed to hold back the tears while I explained, “I will always be your Mom”.

I tried my best to explain why not all situations or relationships are the same and how we have complete control over our relationship and how strong it will be.

From the outside, I guess I have a pretty typical family. I have an incredible husband who goes above and beyond to make sure that we are safe, happy and taken care of. I have three beautiful, intelligent daughters who somehow have a level of compassion and love of life that I can only dream of obtaining. I have a roof to sleep under, a vehicle to get us where we need to go, and family and friends that love me, despite my many, many faults.  But something’s missing. I tried to suppress the feelings and pretend that it doesn’t bother me, but this question had me thinking about it all over again.

That night I scrolled my Facebook feed and realized that the same posts always stop me in my tracks. It’s the images of my friends with their parents, celebrating a holiday, a birthday or just enjoying one another. These are the posts that make me the most jealous because they prove that I don’t have a typical family and it’s likely that I never will.

I linger on those particular Facebook posts a lot longer than I should. I imagine what it would be like to have a relationship like that. What it would feel like to be able to pick up the phone and tell my parents about my day. What it would mean to have someone to cry to when I am at my absolute bottom. And while my Nana was that person for many years, there’s been an undeniable void since she passed away.

But this isn’t about me. It’s about my daughters. It’s about their perception of me and what I do or don’t do. It’s making this the new normal when in fact, it’s anything but. They deserve better. They deserve that incredible childhood that is surrounded by family and love and laughter. These questions should not be on their minds at this young age. It’s my responsibility, as their Mom, to fix it.

They should be having sleepovers and taking fun road trips and spending weekends telling their Grandparents all about their lives. They should be able to invite them to their important school events and activities. They deserve a relationship that is more than a couple of phone calls once or twice a year that they initiate themselves.

And while I have no control over other people, I do need to make it clear to my daughters that this is not normal. They need to know that they will grow up with both parents and countless family and friends, right by their side, through the good and the bad. Just because there is one broken link, doesn’t mean we can’t fix it.

Will there be backlash from this post? Probably. Will I be called a liar? Possibly. Will this be the slap in the face we both need to fix things? Maybe. But like I said, this isn’t about me or her. This is about my girls.

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So, to my girls…

If you make a bad decision and you need someone to turn to, I will always be your Mom.

If you are feeling sick and need someone to take care of you, I will always be your Mom.

If you fall and need a hand, I will always be your Mom.

If you lose your way and need a light to bring you back, I will always be your Mom.

If you need someone to give it to you straight, no matter how much it hurts, I will always be your Mom.

If life gets too busy and you need an escape, I will always be your Mom.

If you lose someone you love and you need a shoulder to cry on, I will always be your Mom.

If you’re stuck at a fork in the road and don’t know which way to go, I will always be your Mom.

If we have a disagreement, no matter how big or small, I will always be your Mom.

When you achieve a goal or win an award and you need someone to shout it from the rooftops, I will always be your Mom.

When you need someone to dance with you and make up silly songs, I will always be your Mom.

When you meet the person of your dreams, and need someone to introduce them to, I will always be your Mom.

When something extra exciting happens and you need someone to call, I will always be your Mom.

When you finally get everything you’ve ever wanted, I will always be your Mom.

I will never judge you or doubt you. I will never break my promises to you. I will support whatever decisions you make. I will trust you and forgive you. I will never turn my back on you. I will always listen to you, even if your words are against me. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, who you’re with and how you’re feeling, I will always be there because I am your Mom and it’s not just my responsibility, it’s my honor.

Whenever you wonder what our future will look like, please remember that from the day I found out I was pregnant with you, until this very moment and forever more, I am and will be your Mom… always.

Whenever you wonder what our future will look like, please remember that from the day I found out I was pregnant with you, until this very moment, I am and will be your Mom... always.

XOXO
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  • anna
    April 24, 2019

    Great article all around. I am going to call my mom today. Thanks for great reminder.

  • tanya
    April 22, 2019

    wow you have a very smart kid there! It’s good at her age that she is asking these question’s rather then keeping it for herself! Be a proud mama!

  • Gladys Nava
    April 21, 2019

    Oh wow! Such a wonderful blog that every mom wants to read. I love this and you are such a great mom and hero.

  • Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom
    April 19, 2019

    You are an amazing mom. I love this special post you wrote for your daughters. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Jasmine Hewitt
    April 19, 2019

    i love this. its sad to see families fall out of touch as time goes on

  • Kara
    April 19, 2019

    I think we must remember the kids when there are family issues and explain what has happened (in simple terms for young ones) – they pick up on the smallest things. I think you have had the right approach with your girls

  • Romeo
    April 19, 2019

    You are such an amazing mom. You have wonderful family. Lucky and blessed your daughters are that they have a mom like you.

  • Nikka Shae
    April 19, 2019

    This post hits home for my daughter as her dad’s mother is not her life, she doesn’t speak my ex. Now since they don’t speak my kids suffer from his side of the family.

  • Catherine Santiago Jose
    April 19, 2019

    I do really love the sincerity of this article and I really enjoyed reading this. I felt how much you love your kids and how grateful you are for having them. You are such a blessing to your girls and they too, to you. I think it is so important to always tell to our kids that we are still they mother no matter what happen to their lives.

  • Jessica Hughes
    April 19, 2019

    Wow, this is amazing. Such a beautiful and powerful piece. Thank you for being so open!

  • Swathi
    April 19, 2019

    Beautiful post, yes, we will be their mom until we die. It is beautiful feeling, you learn and grown with them. Being a mom, make us learn new things.

  • Sam
    April 18, 2019

    Relationships can be complicated, even family ones. I think you did a great job answering her question.

  • Marysa
    April 18, 2019

    Being a mom is tough, but we will always be there through the ups and downs. Very well said.

  • Joanna Clute
    April 18, 2019

    Your children sound very blessed. To have a mother that cares so much is a blessing in our society.

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    April 18, 2019

    I’m sad to hear that your relationship with your mother was lacking. There’s nothing harder for a kid to deal with growing up.

  • Autumn Murray
    April 18, 2019

    You are a blessing to your girls. They are lucky to have you and you them. We need to focus on what makes us happy and not what others think or say about us. You are doing amazing!

  • Ronnie
    April 18, 2019

    This is such a sweet post! You are clearly a wonderful mother and your daughters and husband are very lucky to have you. As I’m sure you feel about them as well. 🙂 Wishing your family continued love and happiness!

  • Beth
    April 18, 2019

    I feel the same way about my kids. If it would be good for your kids, I hope you can figure out a way to help your kids and parents have a real relationship.

  • KeshiaRichmond
    April 18, 2019

    What an interesting story to share. It is very encouraging that you were able to enjoy a great relationship with your Nana!

  • Krista
    April 18, 2019

    This post just SCREAMS supermom. It might be pregnancy hormones, but it actually made me cry as well. Thank you for bearing so much of your heart.

  • Amber S Battishill
    April 18, 2019

    I sometimes feel like those tense and not ideal relationship with other people fuel us to do better and be better for our kiddos. It sounds like you did a wonderful job of letting your children know that you’ll always be there.

  • Lora Frost
    April 18, 2019

    This is beautiful and sad all at the same time. Such innocence in the questions, yet they are so perplexed. Sounds like you are doing a great job and your kids are lucky to have you as a mother.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    April 18, 2019

    What a heartbreaking question but your response is heartwarming and loving. It can be hard to explain why some family members aren’t in our lives but I love that you have reassured your children that you will always be there for them.

  • Rose Ann Sales
    April 18, 2019

    Her question is really touching and a little heart breaking. It’s good that you’re able to explain things to them and assure them that’s nothing gonna change.

  • Amy Smith
    April 18, 2019

    I love this part “If you need someone to give it to you straight, no matter how much it hurts, I will always be your Mom.”. Kids these days need the truth more than ANYTHING!

  • Lynndee
    April 18, 2019

    Your daughter’s question tugged my heart and I am not even her Mom. Things may not be “normal” but sometimes things just have to be that way.

  • Tomi C
    April 18, 2019

    It’s often through our relationships with our family members that we become somewhat better in our relationships with other family members. Our kids are not oblivious to the strained relationships we have with some of our loved ones. Just keeping showing them love and being the best mom YOU can be.

  • Terri Steffes
    April 18, 2019

    My mom just told me this last night. She’s nearly 82 and she says that when she found out she was pregnant with me, she was really scared, because that meant she was responsible for a child for the next 18 years. Ha!

  • Ruth I
    April 18, 2019

    Moms are the best! I really love this message, shows the love and support of a Mom.

  • Snehal
    April 18, 2019

    Your little girl’s question made me ponder too. Here where I am from after marriage the daughter loses touch with her mother side of the family. I hope me and my mom stay in touch. 🙂

  • kumamonjeng
    April 18, 2019

    I am simply so touched by the last part which is meant for your daughters. I could see the power of a mother love which will forgive and support everything their daughters.

  • artchee
    April 18, 2019

    This is such a touching post. I think that most of the moms would feel the same. It also makes me reflect on what my mom does for us as well. :0)

  • Renee
    April 17, 2019

    This is such a touching blog post. As a mom I totally identify with this message and hope everyday the kids grow up and take me up on these things as well.

  • Kristi
    April 17, 2019

    What a great blog post and soooo many important reminders to your kids. Love your honesty!

  • Audrey
    April 17, 2019

    I felt this post with every fiber of my being! It’s amazing what kids ask, and their questions come out of nowhere. You’re taking charge of making sure that you’re always going to be there, and that is a characteristic of a strong person.

  • Chavonne H
    April 17, 2019

    What a blessing to have such a beautiful family and for your daughters to have a mother who is so kind and considerate to write such a beautiful and supportive post to them. Everyone should be so fortunate.
    It bothers me still as an adult to not have my dad or my grandmother’s living and that my children will never get to enjoy those special moments. They will have grandmother’s but they won’t have grandfather’s and that’s terrible but we will definitely do the best we can with who and what we have.

  • Chad
    April 17, 2019

    This is so true, a mother will always be a mother. Motherhood can’t be turned off and on with a switch. Great post.

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    April 17, 2019

    All so true, it doesn’t matter how old they are you will always worry about them and always be their Mom. Family is so important, your girls are very lucky to have you.

  • Doria
    April 17, 2019

    This hit home for me! It’s hard to explain to anyone that hasn’t had to make the difficult choice not to keep a parent (or family member) in their lives just how gut-wrenching it is, but how necessary in some cases. The best thing we can do is do what’s healthiest for us physically, emotionally, etc. All we can hope is that down the line our kids understand and that we form relationships that look completely different from those we had with toxic family members <3

    • Heather
      April 17, 2019

      Yes! You are so right!

  • Sarah Bailey
    April 17, 2019

    I can’t imagine how it was to have to answer this question, but it sounds like you faced it head on with wise words.

  • Candy
    April 17, 2019

    Focus on what you have with your daughters and husband. That is what is important

  • Shannon Graham
    April 17, 2019

    Your children sound so wonderful. Yes, being a parent never stops no matter how old a child gets.

  • Tabitha Blue
    April 17, 2019

    Such a sweet, sweet post. I think you’ll always have a relationship with your girls, because you’re determined to… and because you know what it is to not have that. Growing up, I wasn’t really close and didn’t have a relationship with my grandparents… so I get what it is to not have the sleepovers and road trips and things that my friends experienced. But what I love about this is that you recognize that and want to be in their lives, and their families lives as they grow. 🙂

  • Alli Smith
    April 17, 2019

    I can’t imagine a world where my parents were not in my life nor in the lives of my kids and grandkids. I lost my mom 3 years ago and I don’t go a day without thinking of her and wishing she was here. I do pray that whatever is keeping your mom and you apart will be mended. Life is too short.

    • Heather
      April 17, 2019

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish there was a way to fix it, but I’m not sure that’s possible under the circumstances.

  • robin rue
    April 17, 2019

    I’m sorry to hear about your relationship, or lack of, with your mom. As someone who lost their mom all I can say is that I hope you can repair it someday.

    • Heather
      April 17, 2019

      I’m not sure that’s an option anymore.

  • Andrew Fox
    March 4, 2019

    Being a Mom is a blessing.I as a father can co-relate but not understand kids better than a mom.Your article have such an amazing Title.

  • Shawn Keo
    January 21, 2019

    Truly admiring – all families may be different, but a mother’s love is the strongest element that families share. Your article reminded people of that.

  • Claudia Krusch
    January 19, 2019

    Such a great post! I feel the same about my son! I often tell him that I will always be his mom as well!

  • Raina
    January 19, 2019

    What a sweet post. And while I get having rocky relationships with parents, reassuring our littles we will always be there is the way to go.

  • Natalie
    January 18, 2019

    I love how you went about reassuring your daughter that you will always be there for her. I count myself lucky to be really close to my mom, I can always count on her.

  • Waren Jean Go
    January 18, 2019

    Awwww… This is really sweet. One day when they read this message of yours to them, they will be really thankful to have a mom like you.

  • SDL
    January 18, 2019

    Great post and thanks for sharing.

  • Irina
    January 18, 2019

    This is so beautiful! I am going to read this to my daughter when she grows up! We should explain the differences between relationships from a young age, so we have a stronger bond!

  • Justine
    January 18, 2019

    Such a beautiful post. Family can be “tricky” sometimes. I think sometimes it’s hardest to be patient, understanding, and forgiving with those closest to us… I hope y’all are able to patch things up.

  • Hannah MArie
    January 18, 2019

    I can really say that you are an awesome mom. Your daughters are lucky to have you. I know they will be as beautiful as you.

  • Sarah Meh
    January 18, 2019

    Nobody can replace mom’s love in this world. It’s a touchy post. I’ve one daughter and I often show her my love, ensure her that I am always there for her.

  • Brandy
    January 18, 2019

    I love this so much. It brings tears to my eyes. Beautifully written. It’s totally something I’d say to my kiddos.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 18, 2019

    Your children are beautiful and they are so blessed to have a Mom like you. Moms can be tough to their children but that’s part of our love for them.

  • Catalina
    January 18, 2019

    These are beautiful words you wrote to your daughters. I wish you always to have a good relationship with them! That’s so important in a family!

  • GladysNava
    January 18, 2019

    Such a sweet daughter! Oooh! It made me cry on this post! It really touches my heart! When talking about the child, I was very sensitive, my heart was so full emotions.

  • Sandra
    January 18, 2019

    This just hits deeply, I love how you articulated your thoughts and your letters to your daughters. I know you are doing everything at the moment. Life can be really tough, but let’s keep the faith that everything will turn out for the better! 🙂

  • Jori
    January 17, 2019

    As a mother of two girls, this post is so impactful. I don’t how many times I’ve told them that I’ll always be their mom and I’ll always be there for them.

  • Dennis Littley
    January 17, 2019

    The word family means different things to every one. Your girls are very fortunate to have you devoted to them under any circumstances. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Kimberly
    January 17, 2019

    I couldn’t imagine having to answer this question. It’s such a tough one that I would have needed time to think on how to respond. But I think you did an amazing job of answering it and soon enough she’ll realize that you’ll always be there for her!

  • Pam
    January 17, 2019

    It’s hard when your family doesn’t look “normal” to others. It can definitely cause comparison and heartbreak. But you are a great mom and your daughters are lucky to have you.

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 17, 2019

    Oh gosh sending you big hugs that must have been one heck of a question to be asked at the time. It sounds like you have answered and thought about it as well as you could. I hope one day if you wish to you and your own mother reunite.

  • Ricci
    January 17, 2019

    My Mom passed away the summer after I graduated from high school so I know how it is to not always have a Mom. Luckily I have an amazing step-mom who fills the void that was left behind after my Mom passed but it’s still not exactly the same.

  • Cynthia Nicoletti
    January 17, 2019

    I could understand why she would say that considering you and your mom don’t speak. As long as you always let her know you are there for her she will always feel that comfort in you 🙂

  • Corinna
    January 17, 2019

    You have beautiful daughters and I loved this message. Here’s to always being there for our kids no matter what happens. Thank you for this!

  • Tara Pittman
    January 17, 2019

    Your daughters have a good mom who knows what is best for them. Even when the kids move out you will still be their mom.

  • What Corinne Did
    January 17, 2019

    This is such a beautiful post! No matter what, your parents always be your parents and there for you.

  • Joan
    January 17, 2019

    Children are so observant that it can scare you. My son also asks me questions sometimes that makes me rethink it over and over and makes me try and find what in the world made him ask that.

  • Cristina Petrini
    January 17, 2019

    That’s what my mother always tells me even though I’m 30 now. It probably is not important how many years are spent she will always be my mom and will always act accordingly!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    January 17, 2019

    Your daughter is so smart, you gave her the best answer and I’m sure your relationship will only improve over the years

  • Mimi
    January 17, 2019

    I definitely have a complex relationship with my mom, she still is my mom and we speak but I hope my relationship with my future daughters will be different. She kind of show me what a mom shouldn’t do

  • Tasheena
    January 17, 2019

    This really reminds me of the bond that I have with my Mom. She has always been there for me. Now that I’m a parent, it’s so important for me, for my son to know that I will always be his mom.

  • Jenn@Engineermommy
    January 17, 2019

    It’s obvious that you are a great mom and very sensitive to your daughter’s reflections, which is a great thing. All of your girls are lucky to have such parents.

  • Cherri Megasko
    January 17, 2019

    I lost my mom when I was 20, but I wasn’t at all close to her. I made sure when I had daughters that our relationships were different. Now that they are grown, we are very close. I wish all moms and daughters could experience that closeness. I know I was robbed with mine.

  • Tamara
    January 17, 2019

    Loved this post and family is so important to everyone. Even though my son is almost 40 years he is still my baby.

  • Gisele
    January 17, 2019

    Kids notice everything and broken ties with family do make an impression on them. My Dad’s family would go years without speaking to one another. I was lucky as most of this happened once I was a teen and I understood the issues.

  • Jeanette
    January 17, 2019

    I absolutely love this post! We are very close as a family and I pray as my kids get a little we will stay that way. I will always be their mom too.

  • Alli Smith
    January 17, 2019

    I can’t even wrap my head around not being close to my mom. She passed away in 2016 and I feel her loss every single day. I often find myself about to call her and I realize I can’t. I’m so sorry you don’t have that type of relationship with your mom and I love how you expressed how you will always be there for your girls. Hugs to you!

  • Janet
    January 17, 2019

    This is truly beautiful and heartwarming. I have adult daughters and even though they are grown I’m always there for them!

  • Karen
    January 17, 2019

    This was such a powerful and loving post. Thank you so much for your bravery in sharing your story and your lovely words to your daughters.

  • candy
    January 17, 2019

    Out of the mouth of our children they always make us see the truth and how we live our lives. Hope she was happy and satisfied with your conversation that you will always be her mom.

  • Amber Myers
    January 17, 2019

    I just love this! It’s always tough when family isn’t in our lives. Like you, I always tell my kids I will be there for them. I can’t imagine not talking to my kids on a daily basis!

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