Being dutiful is a form of love - in fact, a great form. So much can be said for the stability and reliability that's being modeled. But... Sometimes as time passes and the newness and excitement of the first years wears off, and a few temper tantrums and boundary testings later, the good morning gleam gets fainter, the good night twinkle just a little dimmer.
Just when we think our kids have officially traded in their parents for their peers and couldn't possibly care about or need our affirmation, that's when they need it the most. So stay excited - stay delighted - moms! Continue to celebrate - be moved emotionally by - their wins, big and small. Notice and appreciate the good in them everyday, wake them up with a cheerful smile or silly song, be excited for their opportunities to spend time doing what they love. Really, its not so much what you do, but how you do it - with a twinkle in your eye and a glow in your heart.
Let's stay dutiful...but also bless our children with our delight too.