When was the last time you experienced a sense of freedom? Having the house to yourself for a few hours? Or time out of the house by yourself?
My oldest just got his license and can drive on his own (gulp). He worked hard to get the license and is now getting a new sense of freedom.
My first sense of freedom was riding my bike with my friends. I then walked to school (most kids in our neighborhood did, so there were lots of others around, thankfully). I am reminded that being free felt good, not only because I was able to do things away from my parents, but because I had a sense they believed in me and my ability to handle the freedom (though looking back in it I’m sure they worried). It contributed to what I believed I was capable of, and grew my confidence in my independence.
I know I will worry as my son embraces his newfound freedom, but I want him to know I believe in him and his abilities and hope I give him the same confidence that was given to me.
Where is your child experiencing freedom? How are you helping them gain confidence in their independence?
I’m reading this at a perfect time, actually. Today, my older son is off on a ski trip with his friends. While it was hard for me to send him off without one of his parents, I also know it’s right; he’s ready for that freedom, within the view of other adults I trust.
Letting them ‘fly’ is hard. So glad your son is learning to spread his wings.