with author Jackie Morgan MacDougall
when your child "breaks up" with you...
Little boys love their mamas.
It's not to say that Dad isn't equally as important or that girls don't have a special bond with Mom, but there's something special about a mini man's adoration for the main woman in his life—don't you think? Having just spent a week in the hospital with one of my sons, he's even that much more lovey-dovey with me, holding my hand and drawing me pictures [like the one to the left].
But according to one mom (and our experts), I should brace myself. Because on the Boys to Men episode of The Ricki Lake Show, it seems that in a few short years, things will change—and there's nothing I can do about it. Teen boys can become distant, lose any interest in affection from their mamas and even begin to, dare I say, hate the sound of Moms voice or even her smell. GAH!
This isn't what I expected when those tiny fingers first wrapped around mine. Is it inevitable boys turn into disinterested, even resentful, men? I can't help but think that maybe the woman in the episode maybe has always expected too much from her son, only paying attention to her own needs, forcing him to push her away more and more.
Have you ever been "broken up" with by your child? What are your tips for staying close to your kids as they find themselves and their independence? Share in the comments below!