I remembered that Isla’s still three years old. And so, I met her where she was. “Listen to me anyway,” I said. “Because I’m your mother.”
When you think you’re holding space for someone and you’re preoccupied with something else, you’re really not holding space.
I’ve come to realize parenthood means constantly having a knot in your throat. It starts at birth and recurs again and again as they grow.
Yes, some parents are the sole parent 100% of the time. But I would argue that single parenthood includes a wider cross-section of parents.