I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Unashamedly, I am that Mom. The one that has never looked forward to school starting again.
My youngest of four is starting his third year in college and I still tear up.
My grandbaby is starting preschool and I’ll hold in the tears until after he’s out the door.
My precious granddaughter is now my charge and I get emotional as I see my kids ache to leave her.
So don’t tell me to “buck up” and get over it. It’s okay for me to hurt, to cry, and ask God once again to watch over my babies.
Because the “letting go” process began for me over 30 years ago, you would think that it gets easier.
But it doesn’t… and that’s perfectly normal!
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?”
Sometimes in life we question why it has to be so hard. This isn’t one of them, is it Moms (and some Dads!)?? We know WHY it’s hard, now what to do with it?
- We smile through the tears– find JOY in the moment. Treasure the transition!
- Give THANKS– see the GOOD in it. Stay focused in what makes it an exciting time.
- Celebrate and enjoy this new season of life– make it fun! Treat your child AND yourself to something that would say, “This is a great day!”
- PRAY– ask God to help you in the transition to have the right attitude and see His plan.
Whether a toddler or a teen, The Key to Letting Go is always seeing life from God’s perspective. Just as seasons change, so do these moments in our lives. They pass by quickly, so let’s not waste one moment in pouting–rather, plan ahead so when you drop off that kindergartener or college student, you will be prepared to tackle those tears with a smile on your face!
Hugs to all those Moms out there–young and old–that are going through the tissues and wondering how they can ever make it through the day! It does get easier–until the next time!