I’m Not Ready To Be A Middle School Mama

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“I’m not made to be a middle school mama.

I’m made for walking a bright-eyed kindergartener to class.

I’m made for lingering morning hugs.

I’m made for kisses at the drop-off gate.

I’m made for constant communication.

I’m made for always volunteering and consistently being ‘in the know.’


I’m not made to watch my kid walk to school alone or with friends.

I’m not made to see her struggling with the weight of all her books and not jump in to help with them.

I’m not made for her to pick out her own outfits and make her own lunch.

I’m not made for ‘it was fine,’ being a response to ‘how was your day?’ every day.

I’m not made for not being in control.

I’m not made for this new phase of life we’re in,

but it’s here,

and I will have to adapt.

I’m not made to be a middle school mama,

but now I am one,

and I’ve got no choice but to

fall in line,

follow her lead,

stay behind her, always encouraging and supporting,

and come to peace with the fact that my little girl is growing up, so I guess I’ve got to too.”

Mother taking a selfie in black and white
Courtesy of Nicole Merritt

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Nicole Merritt of Jthreenme. You can follow her on Facebook, her website, or podcast. Get her new book, Musings for Mom, here. Submit your own story here. Be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.

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