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Lynda Loveland: She loves me, now

Posted July 6, 2011

Lynda Loveland

I think I'm pretty darn close with all my kids. I get along with all of them well, most of the time. But my youngest, my baby, is mama's little girl.

That child is stuck to me tighter than an old lollipop stick on my husbands' car floor. She's a big four year old and she wants to be carried all the time, sit next to me, go everywhere with me and sleep with me. The only one I don't do is let her sleep with me. OK, maybe sometimes.

I admit I kinda like it though. I figure she'll be big soon and not want to be around me as much. My husband always gives me grief for babying her. Blah, blah, blah.

We really get along well and I enjoy her company just as much. But of course I can't just enjoy the moment. I start thinking, since we mesh now, will we fight like cats and dogs when she's a teen? It seems like that's what I always hear. Is there any rhyme or reason to our relationship with our kids now and in the future? Having three teens at one time scares the bejeezus out of me!!!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • turkeydance Jul 7, 2011

    worst two years in a woman's life:
    1. the year she turns 13.
    2. the year her daughter does.

  • karenboodee Jul 7, 2011

    My daughter is nearly 7 and is very attached - but I totally know the potential for misery when she becomes a teen - my step daughters are spinning in that world now. I have already started telling her she can be mad but she cannot be mean, and I pray that she hears that in her head when she goes off her rails. For now I'll take all the hugs and affection I can get.

  • kimstewart98 Jul 7, 2011

    My daughter was the same way! She did give me grief in the teenage years...but today at 23 she is my best friend!

  • Killian Jul 6, 2011

    Don't listen to it. Building a foundation of trust, respect and security now will avoid the stereotypical teen issues later. My kids have their social circles, but they also love going on spontaneous road trips with me, hanging out talking while we cook, and generally tell me pretty much everything that's going on in their lives. I joke with my friends that I have "weird" teenagers, but I love every minute of it.