From Mom the Fixer to Mom the Closer

I wrote this piece in Motherwell Magazine about coming to the realization that I can’t fix my older son’s problems anymore. The idea that I can’t fix things for my kids has been on my mind even more over the past few days, as I’ve felt so powerless as a parent amidst this national turmoil. What I’ve come to accept is that while we can’t be our kids’ fixers, we can always be their emotional safe havens.

P.S. For some excellent writing on trying to parent during this trying time, see this piece written by the fabulous Lisa Damour.

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