May 12 / Simcha

After the Children Have Grown (M. Levine)

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Illustration: Ruth Gwily
(NYTimes, 5.11.13)

On this Mother’s Day, Madeline Levine, psychologist and author of “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success,”  writes about the profound ways mothers change over the span of decades during which infants grow into fully fledged adults.  Alongside the pain of loss, she writes, is the awareness that our children’s independence and self-sufficiency is the sign of a job well done.

The following is a selection from her longer New York Times opinion piece (5.11.2013).

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