Parenting is a paradox: Stepping back from your children teaches them independence, and in turn often leads them to grow closer to you as a parent. Keeping a close eye on our kids often leads them to spread their wings and fly.
Both are necessary. Both are difficult. Both are parenting. Like two sides of one coin, you can’t have one without the other. We need such paradoxes in our lives, for through it we grow, and they grow as well.
Just think of your baby taking its first steps…you want to hold on, but know that at the same time you need to let go in order to let them explore. At the same time, as they learn to walk, where do they go? That’s right…into your arms.
Life is paradoxical like that. And that’s why I love today’s article…it’s about such paradox in the life of parenting, and it has much wisdom here for you to explore, reflect upon, and even apply in your own children’s lives.
There is no doubt that parenting can be difficult, but with the help of the internet and wonderful articles like this, we see that there is plenty of advice all around us to help…to help us laugh, to help us cope, to help us learn from one another.
Read the full article here: Holding Close and Letting Go