When my children were babies, I nursed them and held and rocked them and they were content.
I never dreamed it would become so hard to communicate with them once they reached adulthood. It seems like we are trying to speak the same language on opposite channels.
From skipping down the sidewalk to playing jump rope to going to get ice cream, they seemed easy to appease.
I was pretty strict, because I was adamant that they respect their elders. Maybe I was too hard on them.
I know I wasn't very affectionate. I didn't come from that kind of people, and it made me rather uncomfortable. (Now I know the why of that. I still don't like touch, unfortunately. But now I realize it is a sensory issue, not a lack of loving others.)
So let's talk about this. Do you have problems communicating with your offspring?
If your kids are still young, you may want to read this because, let me tell you, you have no idea what may be ahead of you. It can get way out of control very quickly.
My oldest daughter won't talk to me at all. Hasn't for a year. And I'm somewhat peeved with her as well. But I know time is not infinite, and I've tried to reach her. And she refuses to respond. That's all one can do.
Please tell us what is going on with your mother/child relationships. Maybe in sharing we can help one another. Or at least find a little comfort.