Motivational Speaker Colette Carlson says “It’s easy to love me when….”

Funny-Motivational-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonAs a mother of two teenage daughters, one in college and one finishing her HS Senior year, I’m often the buzz-kill.  I mean what parent isn’t?  It’s our job to make our children responsible, to eat their veggies, clean their room, be good citizens and more.  The taskmaster of responsibility and ethics can’t always be fun.

Although I pale in comparison to my own Mother, to my children I’m still an over-achieving, over-bearing “get it done right the first time” drill sergeant no matter how loving and nurturing I’ve been. It’s their perspective.

Last night was yet another late college application night.  Night after night filling out school applications (I thought that was done a month or more ago?), financial aid forms, scholarship essays and more.  They ask so many questions of both parents and students I feel like opening up my medicine cabinet, peeing on a strip, giving them a swab of saliva!  Last night my daughter comes home with a scholarship application she just found out about.  Due?  The next day.  How can I complain when it’s for a darn scholarship specific to her study of engineering, right?

Today my daughter texted me.  “Thanks for your help last night, Mom.”  No, I couldn’t be the Hallmark commercial reading her comment with tears of joy in my eyes.  Instead I replied back, “Yeah, it’s easy to love me when I’m doing what you want.”  But hey, I’m all about Speaking Your Truth, right?

What do you think?


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Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Hey Colette – With texting people, you have a whole new set of questions.  What did THAT mean? Were they sarcastic? Were they real? Were they upset? I know for me, when I want to respond with a snippy response (is snippy a word?) it’s best to sleep on it.  Which means, I should think about what I’m really trying to convey and will that intention be represented in a text?  I don’t’ have kids, so I’m not one to really understand what you went through last night, but I’m a daughter with a mom who can be read a thousand different ways.  So, instead of texting back; ‘It’s easy to love me when I’m doing what you want’, another option could have been ‘Your welcome.’  Just saying…

  2. Marilyn, your words are truth. AND this is the same kid who was giving me push-back and lip earlier in the day when I asked her to follow-through on something for the 11th time. “You’re so annoying!” So, in this moment I’m comfortable with my snappy, snippy response. This child is cut from the same cloth, so she got it. It was my way of saying, you get ALL of me — the good, the bad and the ugly. The mother who will ride you when necessary and the mother who will drop everything and help you with YOUR essay at 9:30 pm at night after she’s already put in a full day. Yes, some parts of me are easier to love than others, but I always have your best interest in mind.

  3. I think it’s so hard to be a parent Colette! And despite our best efforts, we will get it wrong and we will get it right – and we will constantly question what we’ve done and what we should do. There are no solid right answers. And when we look at somebody else’s family, it is so easy to say what should and shouldn’t be done. And while we have to play tough parent, we so desperately want to be their friend and have them appreciate us and love us to pieces.  And sometimes our appreciation won’t come until our children are parents – and maybe not even then. And still we plod on. Because that is what being a parent is all about. And the challenges may be many – and the rewards may seem few – but it does not make the task any less important. For we are molding this next generation. We are tucking in the next president, yelling at the next CEO, feeding the next great inventor, and telling the next Mother Theresa that her shirt is too tight. And while they are so dependent upon us, we are faced with the heart-wrenching task of letting them go, and teaching them to live without us in this big scary world. So we can sit back with tears in our eyes and watch them fly.

    Thank you, Colette, for reminding me what society often forgets to remind us – Moms are gifts from God.  

  4. Ah Colette, you are so right on.  I have no doubt that my job as a mom is, was, and always will be the biggest, most important role I have in life.  I ALWAYS placed a tremendous amount of importance on raising the healthiest, wisest, most confident, self-sufficient, socially adept kid in the world.  So with that intention in place, I did the best I could.  And no doubt, someone on the outside could look at things I did and say, “Whoa. Wrong choice, girlfriend.”  And maybe it was, or maybe it wasn’t.  But here’s the cool part:  I now have a grown up, amazing, loving, caring, conscious, healthy, talented, accomplished son of whom I could not be prouder.  Is HE perfect? Oh gosh no.  But neither am I or anyone else.  Thanks, Colette, for opening up this little snapshot into the world of a parent!!!

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