DO YOU have a child flying the coop this year?
How are you feeling about them setting off into the big, wide world?
If you're anything like me, you have mixed emotions.
I am excited yet anxious, hopeful, yet worried.
Have I taught her enough to make wise decisions?
Have I allowed her the room to be independent and not reliant upon me?
Does she have the resources to not just exist on her own, but to forge a wonderful, healthy and happy life of her own?
No one prepares you for this moment.
It has always felt so far away - something I will deal with when the time comes.
And here it is. It's time.
It has taken me on a journey to say the least.
At times I have stayed awake worrying.
At times I have wished it was my time all over again, heading of to uni with the world at my feet.
I have found myself jamming lessons of wisdom and encouragement in as a last-ditch attempt to prepare her (or me).
IN OTHER NEWS:
I have watched her grow and develop opinions and insights.
She has watched me grow and develop as a mother.
It's a beautiful connection, but I can't help feeling as vulnerable as her right now.
The transition from mother to life coach is how I choose to approach this stage of our relationship.
I am no longer setting the boundaries and instilling values.
I am releasing my parental role and taking on a coaching position.
She will choose when to ask for support and she will determine how to receive that support when asked.
I will guide when asked and give her the respect she deserves in determining her own values, goals and ambitions.
For any of you out there experiencing the same feelings as me, and for those who have paved the road before me, I wish you and your child happiness and contentment.
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