“I’ll always love you but some days, I don’t like you.”
I remember my mother saying this to me, as a child.
It has never resonated with me more.
It sounds harsh, but as a parent myself now, I understand what she meant.
One of our daughters has been having a really tough time lately and I’m going to be honest; spending time with her feels like work.
She’s struggling and her way of coping is to act out.
This week my mom said, “They need the most love when they are the most unlovable.”
Ugh. The ugly truth.
She knows this from her experience of parenting me.
I was NOT an easy child. Strong-willed, relentless, exhausting.
But she kept on loving me.
Despite my outbursts and her exasperation, she held.
I pushed, she stayed.
And here I am.
Exhausted and exasperated with my daughter.
But I stay.
Like her behavior or not, here I am.