It's all in the attitude.
I don't look my age, I don't act my age, therefore, I don't feel my age. I'm a friend to my kids, but not one of those "my kids are my best friend" moms. I dish out as much discipline as I do friendship.
But, I goof around with them. I tickle them. I hug them.
I act like I'm going to beat them (they think this is hilarious)
I do goofy stuff like dance in the living room and kick box in the kitchen.
I act crazy.
I play soccer with them, and when I get injured I play it up good. This always cracks them up.
I sing loudly to the radio.
I give them an hour of independence every day after school.
I feign crying, screaming, and death.
I give them money for Starbucks.
I talk to them honestly about boys, alcohol, drugs, and sex. (and am told really gross stuff in return. I have mentioned Icy Hot before, right?)
Basically, I treat them like they're human. I do little things every day to make them smile. I do big things to heal their hearts, or take their sadness away, or fill them with love.
And they may think I'm the coolest mom in the world, but I think they're the coolest kids.
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