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Rebooting Your Relationship with Your Adult Children

Rebooting Your Relationship with Your Adult Children

Sep 1, 2011

The saying kept ringing in my mind all day long, yet probably more in my heart.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  “The days are long, but the years are short.”


This is what an elderly couple told my husband and I as we sat in a McDonalds years ago with screaming children.  Yeah, right, I whispered to my husband as they walked away…….but yes, they were right.  I just thought at the time that the days were indeed long and the years would be indeed long too.  We could hardly come up for air.  But as I sit here today, they were not long enough.  Was it really 25 years ago that we started this whole parenting adventure, I thought?

The words mom and dad have taken on different meanings through the years in regards to our relationship with our three boys.  Each new season demands us to take on a bit of “rebooting”.

As a younger mom I heard that “M” word so often as the door to the house would open and a voice would call or yell….moooom.  I never thought that I would miss a three letter word so much.  Now, 25 years after our first son was born, I am still a mom but an m.o.m. (mom of men) or maybe your’re a mom of women.  And dads, what about you, how has your relationship changed with your adult children?

I still hear the word mom when the front door opens to our home today, but the call has taken on a more mature sound, a new meaning and a different need.  Rebooting our connections with our adult children is not always an easy road but an important road to stay on.  We hope that you will share your “rebooting tips”, stories and/or questions in the reply box below and we hope to hear from both moms and dads alike!

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