My kids are 4 and almost 7 and keeping up can be a struggle with 2 active kids. I like taking photos and periodically I will look back on them to draw strength to refuel my parenting energy. I wanted to poll parents about this topic on what you do to get out of a slump when you are feeling depleted of energy from the grind of parenting.
Click below and take the parenting Pop Quiz. A summary of results will be posted in a later blog post.
Tips to Help You Let Go of Your Child
There is no exact way to tackle and move through stages of your child’s development. Every child requires different parenting as every parent will do his best based on knowledge, experiences, and available parenting tools.
The following are basic tips to assist parents as they move through the difficult transition of letting go, when that time comes. Starting early will help create a good foundation upon which you can build successes at each critical stage of your child’s development.
- Set boundaries for yourself; practice giving your child space to grow
- Give your child a chance to master tasks alone and learn from mistakes
- Trust that the values you’ve instilled will inform their decisions
- Acknowledge that you’ve done your best as a parent and that the hands-on phase of parenting does come to an end
- Treat the letting go process as a transitional loss and grieve accordingly; see a family therapist if necessary
- As your child matures, rebuild a new relationship that is less about dependency and more about mutual respect, admiration, and a celebration of a budding, capable young adult