Caught yourself thinking, “Is this it? Are the best years of my life behind me?” Most women in midlife feel as if they’re losing – losing the war against time, losing their looks, confidence, sexuality…in effect, losing their power.
“When your children reach their 20s, the balance of connection between you and them seesaws.
The challenge becomes how to find common ground without overstepping the comfortable boundaries between you. The issues become how much time to spend together and how to spend it, how much information to share and about what, which battles to fight and when to turn the other cheek, what advice to give and when silence is golden.” – Elizabeth Fishel, Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Navigating The Changing Waters Of Parent/Child Dynamics Can Have Pitfalls:
As a parent, it can be difficult to ‘let go’ of the parenting role. Allowing them to make their own decisions and mistakes (potentially big ones – in our opinion) is scary. The good news is that you don’t have to give up on everything. You can still ask for certain niceties; such as returning urgent texts or leaving the cellphone in the pocket during meals.
Some great suggestions made in this article range from observing and respecting boundaries to restraining ourselves from talking too much to creating opportunities to engage in activities you both love. It’s a great read.