After having an interesting and annoying conversation today with someone, I decided to pose this question for myself and others that are possibly following this blog. Who is the transition about? Especially when the one going through it is between the ages 3-10.
Well of course, any parent is going to say everything is about their child. That they give their all to their children to make sure their happiness is met. But you know, I find that yes, it is also about you and you know what? That's perfectly fine!
I would actually be worried if some of the transition didn't affect the parent and I know it has me. Yes, some of this is about me as I carry the burden of protecting my young child from the discrimination and pain that is often flung my way by other not so accepting people. And why do I do this? Because I no longer want to see the suffering that those before have had to go through. As her mother I am to protect her. And if that means taking the brunt of fire, then I will.
The best metaphor I can use is an expectant mom. When she finds out she's going to be a mother, it's all about the baby and when the baby is born, it is STILL all about the baby. But what about the mother? All she gets is what she SHOULD be doing instead of how IS she doing.
I want those reading to know that it's about not only the child but also the parent. Because without the great support from us, all there would be is many unhappy children who will later grow up to be unhappy (just surviving) adults instead of just happy, living, adults.