Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

This is just what I struggle with, on different issues. I guess I mentioned it in my mile-long comment the other day. I struggle with how to know when to intervene and when to just let them be. I'm like you though - continuing to try, continuing to teach. What I take from this is that we can continue to teach, push, guide...and in the end we still have to let them be the people they are. But that doesn't mean I will stop trying. It's my latest dilemma as a parent, it's like a great mystery.

chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

it IS necessary, those connections with the people around us. i think L. will just take more time than others. you know your son best, and it will work out. don't give up hope no matter what. his way of finding connection may be slower or different, but i want to believe that he will get there.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm glad I'm not alone in these struggles, Omaha. I do wrestle with this one a lot. I don't want to push L. beyond what he's capable of, or what makes him feel comfortable, but I also know he's a kid who *needs* pushing to do just about everything. If we let him be, he would spend his days indoors, in front of the computer.

I agree, Christine--I can't let go of the firm belief that connections give the world sense and meaning to us.