How does a mother show her love to a 10 year old son?
When Sean was a baby I had great joy and satisfaction in nursing and caring for him. I fed and washed him, changed him and carried him. I kissed him and cuddled him. I had countless oppertunities to love him in a physical way as well as verbal. Sometimes I used to scratch his back and sing him to sleep. I didn't mind, I had all the time in the world.
He is ten now and I find it's not so eash to show him that I love him. I can't do a lot of the things I used to do. I can't baby him, I have to pull back and let him grow up.
On the other hand he is very affectionate, toughy feely, smiling and loving, and although I would happily hug and kiss the child to death (!) I have to teach him to pull back and not turn him into a sissy...
What can take the place of this kind of affection?
He is pushing the boat out, chancing his arm, trying to get away with things, behaving like the little sinner that he is, and it seems to me like I am always correcting, diciplng and giving out to him. It feels like the good times, the loving times, the affectionate times are gone...
Help me out here sisters. I would appreciate your oppinions and advice!