"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When our younger children become our older children, parenting gets a brand new wardrobe. I used to think my girls were changing quickly but I look back and realize I was changing even more.
My middle girl, Jo, started drawing when she was a toddler. Today, she has her own business as an independent graphic artist and designer. Sometimes I forget she is an entrepreneur and not just my kid. I've had to figure out (and make many mistakes) that what I consider to be a simple request (I am your mom, after all) can be a frustration for her. My best shot is to view our occasionally strained interactions from my other role as daughter to my own mom. This puts the brakes on boundary-shifting.
I told her I would link her professional sites to mine since I believe in partnerships with older children. Below are some of her creations. With 30 years in between us we have a ways to go before seeing eye to eye on everything, but her work is good and I wanted you to see it! Frankly, there's too much of it to put on my fridge. Enjoy, and thanks for checking out her offerings!
A unique task in its own category. More to follow.