Loving, doting, obsessive parents of babies/toddlers/pre-teens are all around us. "I'd do anything to be even an inch closer to my kids." What is it that changes? Do parents just get tired? Worn out? Why do so many parents start out documenting every single detail, pushing themselves to be better, totally absorbed in their kids.. to very limited interaction/care with their adult children?
ETA: I really appreciate all of the responses. Thank you guys for taking the time to answer. I'm probably too emotional and tied to this question to respond coherently, but I wanted to put my thank you out there.