My 6-year-old son and I are incredibly close. From the moment I held him I felt an unexplainable connection that still, six years later, I can't adequately explain. My son is sensitive, compassionate, and an intense listener who remembers arguably way too much for his age. And while our relationship feels organic, I know there are things that strengthened our mother-son bond and helped make it what it is today. And as he grows and our relationship continues to evolve, I know the foundation I have laid will only help us moving forward.
Admittedly, my son and I are a lot a like. We're both sensitive, quiet, easily entertained, and rely on carefully crafted routines in order to feel at ease. My partner and my daughter, however, are outgoing, restless, and are fine with chaos and going with the flow. The balance we all enjoy within our family is great, to be sure, but it also reveals how strong my bond is with my son, and why we often gravitate toward one another.
As a parent I feel like my "normal" is constantly changing, so I know it's my job to figure out how to keep up with my children as they grow, evolve, and need and want different things. And as I grow with them, I'm able to do a lot of little things, like the following, to make sure our relationships remain strong, solid, and a source of encouragement for everyone involved.