I just found this quote in my German page-a-day calender and thought it appropriate for this blog:
"Glueckliche Frauen lieben ihre Kinder;
unglueckliche haengen gerade verzweifelt an ihnen"
by Henry de Montherlant
That is to say:
"Happy women love their children;
unhappy ones hang on to them desperately."
I try to be a happy mother so that my child doesn't have to behave in any specific way to snap me out of my funk. Or at least, when I do have some challenging moments, I don't expect my child to help me get out of it.
His job is to grow and play and run and learn. Mine is to give him the confidence to walk on his own two feet.