I am truly the best parent ever. We all know that. However, even I know that times are changing, and with those times, my mothering must change, too, in order to remain effective.
I came to that conclusion the other day, after studying some stellar mothering techniques on the television [actually, on the Netflix and DVD player]. It was a parental epiphany, if you will.
As my daughter is growing, I know that I can't mother her the same way I did when she was a tiny thing, sitting on my lap and reading stories. No, those days are long gone, and I need to move forward. I need to look beyond my former role models in parenting and forge ahead into a brave new world of being an older mom.
Once I distilled my mothering style, I texted my decision so the girl would have fair warning and the husband would know what was coming: