The First Act: Enjoying children while also training them.
This balancing act takes on many different forms. You take your children out to play in the snow and then remind them to take off their wet boots by the door. You hand them a cookie but then insist they first say please. You encourage them to go swimming together but then make them wait to jump off the edge until you can catch them. Mothering is a natural interplay between “Let’s go explore this beautiful world together!” and “Let me tell you the rules along the way!”