Summer Break 2017 Day 7
Yesterday I made a comment on a friend’s Facebook post that I was doing 80’s style parenting/non-parenting this summer. I’m not driving them to camp all over God’s green earth and I’m not entertaining them 24/7.
It doesn’t mean I love my kids any less than the next mom or that I’m being selfish with my time. Just like any other mom, my kids mean the world to me. If you know the struggles we went through the first 7 years of their lives then you have to know they do mean the world to me.
I was their biggest cheerleader and their biggest advocate when most people had little patience for them. I was there for them when they needed me most and I will be there for them when they need me most again, but right now it would be a disservice if I made them the center of my universe.
You see, it’s time for them to grow, explore, and learn on their own. It’s time for them to make mistakes, learn how to handle them, and come out stronger on the other side. I don’t want perfect kids. I want well rounded, mentally healthy kids.
And honestly, this hands off parenting approach is so much harder than I ever thought it would be. It’s like watching them learn how to ride a bike all the while knowing there will be scraped knees at some point. But I know they can handle it and now I have to trust that I can, too.