As you grow up, your relationship with your mom changes. She goes from being an authoritative figure to a friend. Once you move out of the house you start making your own decisions and forging your own path, free from you mom’s care. You start to realize that all of the lessons she was trying to teach you were actually super relevant, and you wish you would have listened just a little bit harder. In honor of Mother’s Day I thought I would talk about how your relationship with your mom changes as you grow up. I think a lot of you can relate to these!

  1. You listen to her advice…and you take it: When you are a teenager it can be hard to take mom’s advice because you think you know best. Boy are we wrong! Mother knows best. Moms are some of the wisest people on the planet. Be willing to listen to their advice, and when you need advice, ask for it!FullSizeRender (57)
  2. You care about her dating advice: When we are younger it is easy for us to get defensive about who we are “dating” and don’t want to hear what they have to say about them because, well, they are totally right and you don’t want to admit it. As you mature you start seeking her advice about dating and ask for her opinion.
  3. You can agree to disagree: Odds are, you and your madre don’t always see eye to eye on everything. When you are younger, disagreements can quickly turn into crying fits and “you just don’t understand mom!!!”. Actually, girlfriend, she DOES understand. And as you grow up, you learn to pick your battles and disagreements no longer end with you slamming your door in angst.
  4. You do adult things together: Like going on walks in the park. Or going grocery shopping. Or going to lunch or getting coffee. See what I mean? You mom becomes more like a BFF. And that is awesome. You actually enjoy getting to clean up the kitchen and empty the dishwasher together because it is a time that you two get to talk.

My approaching college days are making me realize how much my relationship with my mom has changed over the years and how much more it will change after I leave. One thing I know is that my mom is one of my very best friends, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

XOXO, Chels