I thought being a mom was going to be easy – not in the sense that the work is easy. But I thought that just being a mom meant that your kids love you and want to play with you and hang on you every second of the day. But when my own daughter started growing up and showing a preference for her dad, I became second fiddle. And then I was kicked out of the orchestra altogether. She wanted her dad when she was happy, sad, hurt, and anywhere in between. Her dad is amazing, so I don’t blame her, but I wanted to at least feel like I was her mom, even if I would always be second fiddle. I prayed to know what to do to grown our mother-daughter relationship and my answer, though VERY small and simple has made a giant change.

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