Pondering my son's residential placement

I read something interesting. A discussion about the healing that takes place inside a Mom when the child removed for a while. How when there is no longer the need to be caregiver, nurse, disciplinarian, police chief, maid, verbal punching bag, etc...the relationship can return to just being Mom, as others are taking care the extra responsibilities and constant drama.

The magnitude of what has been happening in my house for the past few years hit me. I am so glad he is in a safe place, with people who care and a chance to get well. But I am equally as glad to step away from the constant life immersed in trauma and begin relating to my son as a Mom again.

This is really a gift to both of us. Let the healing begin.


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Very true...absence does make the heart grow fonder. This is a great time to start researching and putting into place things that will help you cope when he returns home. Otherwise, his absence becomes merely a temporary Band-Aid.