Back to school is already happening. Parents are checking the lists and encouraging their children’s hearts, saying, “all will be fine, it is going to be a fantastic year.”
Then there is you, Mom and Dad. I remember when I dropped my daughter off at college, three thousand miles from home. I knew I would be fine and I knew I would be sad. I did not know what I wanted to do with the free time nor with the longing for the phone to ring with her on the other end. Sure texts were a connection, but there is nothing like the sound of your child.
I remember in our support group, how we shared, that if our kids were happy, it made our day. We wished that weren’t true, but in the beginning, their feelings affected our day. Fortunately, that shifted.
Kitchen full of kids. Don’t you just love those memories of them and their friends popping in and that somehow you had something for them to eat. Well, that will happen, again. It is not over.
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What is shifting is your role as parents. You are no longer the leader with your kids. THEY LEAD NOW. When you can accept that, even if you don’t like it, you won’t suffer resentment as much. Your expectations will be more in reality. They just aren’t going to call you every Sunday at 8. You wouldn’t want to have to follow a schedule either. Life happens for them. You want them to manage their life, more and more. It isn’t easy letting go. It will happen, though. New passions grab your attention and then arrives new meaning beyond parenting.
This is your time to focus on you. You don’t have to know for sure what’s next. You will simply feel better by asking yourself, throughout your week:
• What matters to me now?
• How do I want to spend my time?
• Who do I want to spend more time with and less time with?
• What did I use to like to do when I wasn’t Mom or Dad?
• Do I just need time to do nothing?
• How am I feeling and what have I been thinking about? What do I need and how can I receive that?
• Getting to know more about you, is a good thing, when it comes to transitions. You are not being selfish by focusing on you now.
I will share one short story of something fun I did in my more free time.
I love cooking. It is creative for me and relaxing. I like being with kids. So, I invited a group of kids to come over on Wednesday and one boy, who thought he wanted to be a chef, taught these kids how to cook.
You will find your rhythm for what’s next for you. You will miss your kids being around and you will also love the new openness of your life. It isn’t a step by step manual to live in this stage of life. It is a meandering.
Take good care,
Natalie Caine M.A.
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