struggle of parenthood

“The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.” This quote by Ellen Goodman is so true. I often find myself worrying about the “what ifs” and being a real helicopter parent. Then, my brain steps back and I worry about the opportunities they are missing out on by me always being overcautious!

My Dad tells stories of shooting slingshots at his mates and going on unsupervised camping and hunting trips as a kid. I remember wandering the bush on our farm and taking overnight hikes with my mates. I remember the first time my Mum let me cross the busy main road and go to the shop by myself.

The thought of my kids crossing roads unsupervised scares the daylights out of me. Then the thought of them still living at home when they are 30 scares me even more! I need to be brave so that my kids can learn to be brave. I don’t want to start today, but if not, when?

Today I am linking up with My Little Drummer Boys‘ Wordless Wednesday.