I became a empty nester a couple of years ago. And this has been one of the biggest challenges for me in my life.
Parenting my daughter and being her Mom was the most important part of my life and was my purpose. Without that purpose, I have found myself flailing and lost.
Going to Hawaii and having the opportunity to visit and “take care of” my adult married daughter was just what I wanted.
As I was knitting last night- I had an aha moment That hovering and being a helicopter Mom was NOT what Kelly needed. So I will have to learn to tread the line to be that helpful houseguest vs. Taking charge.
I have been so amazed at how well my daughter and her husband have been creating a great life for themselves. They have such a loving and supportive marriage and have proven that one doesn’t have to be rich to live in Hawaii.
I will continue to try to reestablish my role in this chapter in life. Being Kelly’s Mom is still an important part of it- but I think the role morphs more into mentor vs caregiver. I have to be careful to not give unsolicited advice.
As I sit here listening to the Roosters crow- I am hoping they wake Kelly and Donovan up so I can enjoy a morning cup of Tea with them. I am enjoying every moment of this time with family.
Feel free to share tips for parenting an adult married child. 😀