Dear oldest child – It’s true. Motherhood is a tumultuous journey. I am learning how to navigate these waters of motherhood just as you are learning to navigate life’s storms and struggles. First steps don’t come without first falls so please, be patient with me. Remember that even though I sailed these same seas as a child, this is my first time as a parent and it’s a big ship to sail. I make mistakes and I get off course. You likely feel the frustration of my inexperience, and envy your younger siblings who will navigate these same waters in your wake. They will benefit from the mistakes I make on this first voyage, but you and I will always have these firsts, as mother and daughter. But don’t think their trips will be any smoother – I seem to be a slow learner!