In Full Circle9:16 PM
You will know that your relationship with your child has gone full circle when you and your grown-up child are finally on the same side again. Parent-child relationships usually start right and then get lost somewhere in between. The cycle is completed when both find each other again.
My relationship with my eldest daughter starting from her teenage years up to the very early part of her marriage can be described as tempestuous. It was strongly characterized by differences in opinions. It was a turbulent ride of emotions and for a while I thought I lost her.
Our relationship became much better when she had children of her own who were of the same age as her younger brother and sister. I am not exactly sure why but I am guessing it comes from wisdom which we have both gained in time and experience. After all, she was starting her family while I was like starting again because of the big age difference between her and her two younger siblings.
Today, we talk like best friends exchanging notes about our own children. No one would have any idea of what we went through when other people see how we are now. We still disagree at times but we talk about it like mature women that we are.
We always learn something especially in the most trying moments. When we survive them and prevail over them, we become better persons. We can look back and say we have overcome. Indeed my relationship with my daughter has gone full circle!