So true, and I learned this the hard way. As a Mom of 3, the innate impulse to immediately “help,” fix, or problem-solve seems to go on overdrive. Now that they’re all teens/young adults, I still catch myself about to dole out advice when I stop short and remember to say, “Wait — do you just need me to listen, or are you asking for advice?” And the answer is always, “just listen.”

Covering the intersection of culture, politics & equality. GenX. Mom of 3. Bylines: HuffPost, PopSugar, Scary Mommy; heard on NPR, SiriusXM, LTYM, TIFO podcast.

Covering the intersection of culture, politics & equality. GenX. Mom of 3. Bylines: HuffPost, PopSugar, Scary Mommy; heard on NPR, SiriusXM, LTYM, TIFO podcast.