Summer Blog Challenge Prompt August 15. What is the hardest part of parenting?
I could go Pollyanna today and say something like, “Hardest part? Why, parenting is all a cake walk in the park and the kids always adore your every choice and sit at your feet, wondering how they got so blessed to have ME as their Mommy!”
That is only partially true, after all.
The hardest part of parenting for me is the continually need and practice of letting go.
It is ironic, because that is such a huge part of parenting: we raise our children to be confident enough to fly on their own wings, not on ours.
My children, for the most part, do this.
I’m thinking this morning how much I have been looking forward to the first day of school.
This is true for the most part, but it is also very difficult for me to not know how things are faring for my child. I jump at every ring of the phone. I worry my child will need me and I won’t be able to know telepathically.
Or in Katherine’s case, it is she will come home in December, so happy to have spent her Fall in Edinburgh.
There are other tough challenges along the way, but watching them leave and being detached from their outcomes… that is the most difficult moment I face as a parent each and every time.
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Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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