Tough Love

As I was growing up, my mom used what I would call “tough love” to teach me several important life lessons. But of course, I didn’t realize how important this tough love was until I was able to look back on what I’d learned and discover how it helped me grow and move forward.

For example, when I chose friends who made poor choices (and who attempted to influence me to do the same), she told me it was in my best interest to end the friendships. When I refused, I would be grounded.

The most important “tough love” lesson she taught me happened after I got married at a very young age. My mom knew it was a mistake for many reasons. I was stubborn, so I didn’t reach out to her. She didn’t reach out to me – she wanted me to realize my mistakes on my own. The distance between us lasted an extremely long two years.

Thanks for the life lessons, Mom!

I didn’t know it at the time, but without that lesson I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I am not boastful by any means, but I do feel confident, responsible, and mature and I know that it’s partly thanks to these “tough love” lessons from my mom that I was able to achieve all that I have.

I would like to award Mom a whopping 1,000,000 mommy points for being so amazing. (: I love you, Mommy! *froggy kiss*



Catherine, new mom to adorable son Jacob, frequently showers her own (deserving!) mother with mommy points and delicious Best of All snacks!  

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3 comments on «Tough Love»

  1. Sara Smith says:

    Some people, well most people would think two years of tough love to be a terribly wrong way to handle things. In all things one must understand that a mother knows her child and what needs to be done in order for that unique child to grow.
    It reminds me of that old saying “If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you it is yours forever. If it doesn’t then it was never yours to hold.”
    Tough love is the hardest thing to do for our children. It killed me every day …the not knowing. There were days that I would just sit and cry ie. birthdays, holidays, family gatherings.
    I just held onto the fact that I knew the marriage would end and when it did I would hear from you Catherine. Now the lesson is learned and you are a young woman that I am proud of.

    Froggy kisses and ILU

  2. Andrew Davis Katie says:

    Aww, this made me tear up! Sounds like you guys have a really special relationship. And Sara, I agree – moms always know best! :)

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