My 16 year old has her driver’s license now but was hesitating to go anywhere alone. Now that school is about to begin (and she’s doing Running Start so she can’t be dropped off), she’s understanding the importance of driving solo. So she’s been overcoming her fears and going places alone, and feeling so proud of herself. Mama secretly wants to be with her or drive behind her but mama knows she must not do that.

God knows it’s difficult seeing your kids battle their fears…whatever they may be and you just want to hold on to your babies and make all their struggles or problems or fears go away. But then they’ll never grow, they’ll never be strong independent human beings… so yes, I keep talking to myself everyday and tell myself not to handicap them with my emotional needs. Set them free… in whichever way is needed at that time.