Lisa Hendey describes the importance of not just being "mom," but also of , and she invites us to reflect on the ways that we can share that "real self" with our children so they know our loves.
I think one way I have shared my real self is my passion for reading. I love the fact that I have taught each of my children to read, and then introduced them to a world of great books.
We were traveling on Mother's Day this year, and one of my daughters told me that she still wants to give me a day--a transfered Mother's Day of sorts-- when I have no responsibilities except for reading whatever I want. I can only come downstairs to go out on a run or for meals prepared by others. I love that she knows my love of reading and wants to help me indulge in that.
What "real self" do you share with your children?