So why do I share this on a site where I mostly talk about books and kids? Because I want to encourage every parent to establish those same roots of communication with their own children while they are young. Make time to talk with your kids whether it is while driving the family van or at the dinner table. My mother and I didn't always agree on things but she was always there to listen to me. Your attention, support and guidance are such precious, memory making gifts that any parent can freely give to their kids. Make sure that you are "present" to revel in every success or have a shoulder available for any tearful disappointment. You don't necessarily have to solve the problem your child is sharing, just listen like you care.
Don't forget that every good conversation can begin by reading a book together, especially if the topic is one with which you are struggling. (I always find a way of tying books in!)
Oh, and by the way, if you are blessed to still have your mom around, pick up the phone, send an email or write a text. II can assure you that it is always so good to hear from your kids. You might even consider brightening your mom's day by having your child send her some words about how they are spending their summer! And as you are talking with your own mom you are also modeling future behaviors for your children to follow years from now. Show your children how important it is to maintain those lines of communication!
Happy Birthday mom. I miss you!