Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Learning to Let Go

We all know that kids grow up in the blink of an eye. If you ask me, it happens all too quickly; however, as the kids get older, it's exciting to see them reach new milestones and take step towards independence. As exciting as it can be, it's also extremely scary. For me, one of the hardest things about the kids growing up is having to let go little by little. This hasn't been easy for me at all and it's still a struggle. But, we all have to learn to let go because we can't hold their hand forever. If we do, once they reach adulthood, they won't be able to fully thrive in society and it will take them longer to reach an independent life.

Learning to let go of the kids is still difficult for me and my feelings towards it are torn. When I do give them a little more independence, they are thrilled while I remain scared out of my mind. But, then I'm overcome with how proud I am of them for being able to handle that new situation on their own. It just reinforces the fact that my husband and I have raised and prepared them well. Despite how scared and anxious I may be of letting them go little by little, there is no greater feeling in the world than watching them take that next step without us right by their side.

Overtime, it has become a little less scary letting them go because I know my husband and I have done a good job. They are smart and they are prepared. Sure, they are bound to make some mistakes along the way, but some lessons in life are better learned through personal experience. There are just some mistakes they will have to make on their own in order to learn. When these mistakes happen, I will be right there waiting for them.

We can't turn back the clocks of time as much as I would like to. They are going to grow up...it's inevitable. Although I miss the days of them always looked to me for everything, I couldn't be more proud of them for taking the necessary steps in life to become independent and thriving adults.

How do you feel about it? Has letting go of your children been difficult? How do you handle their need for independence as they grow older?

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