Be respectful and listen to what your mom has to say.
If any conflicts arise, deal with them appropriately.
She cries shamelessly about things that are worth her tears.
In a benumbing world where growing a thick skin seems more important than having a soul that can be touched, this woman is precious.
If you want to start dating, you may be nervous about what your parents will think.
She laughs like laughter is air and she cannot get enough of it.
She often prays like the world is at war and everything she cares about is under attack. Sometimes she prays in a near-whisper and I wonder where the thunderstorm went, the air around her as still as the sky after a downpour.
She teaches me things without opening her mouth: a nod means approval, an arched brow means disapproval.
Since you have a houseful of kids, I am wondering how you deal with this. “Mean Mom” Back when all of my children were small I always said that they could date once they were ready to get married. Based on my own life experiences I couldn’t see how it possibly could be a good thing. As they have grown I have realized that there is no protecting children from being hurt. Once they can drive they will be off going places and you probably won’t know where half the time.
And that there are valuable lessons to be learned in all of our relationships, romantic and otherwise. You may be surprised by what your 13, 14, or 15 yr old considers . 4) They are still willing to listen to what you have to say.