It's a big world out there, and you want to keep your "babies" safe and protected for as long as you can. They grow up, however, whether you want them or not, but here are five healthy ways to deal with the inevitable.
Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song titled, "Cinderella." It chronicles the life of his daughter, from the time she's a five-year-old playing dress-up as a princess, to the day his princess becomes a queen by marrying her king. The theme of the song is that at each stage of his "baby's" life, he's going to take time out of his busy schedule to pay attention to her, get to know her, encourage her and embrace her individuality because "soon she'll be gone."
If you find yourself suddenly toward the end of the song where your baby is old enough to "soon be gone," but yet still feel as if she (or he even) is not ready to face the world without you, here are five ways you can ease your way into your child's adulthood whether you're ready for it or not:
1. Pay attention
It's common in today's society to be so busy making a living that making a life - particularly where your family is concerned -- has become just another task on your "to-do" list. While there may not seem like enough hours in the day to do everything you HAVE to do, one of the easiest ways to begin to pay attention to your daughter is to carve out at least 15 minutes one night before you go bed to simply reflect on the life of your baby girl. Take time to without judgment- remember all of her unspoken accomplishments, special moments, dreams, heartbreaks, fears and even the spoken ones... everything HER.
You can even step this up a level by writing down all of your memories and discoveries so they'll be at the ready when you graduate to the next phase of your own growth in the life of your daughter.