I wrote this in July 2018 i just wasn't tech savvy enough to post it then :)
One of the toughest challenges I’ve had in my 18yrs of parenthood is accepting the times when I’ve had to let go of my children and accepting the times when I can’t fix their pain. I can tell you there have been a few, they have been huge and life changing all round.
When our babies are little we can fix most things with hugs, as they begin teenage years most things can be fixed with chocolate but then there are the times when you just cannot do anything but let go and just love.
My 17yr old baby learned on Monday evening that her cat was fatally ill and would more than likely need to be put down.
She was heartbroken to say the least. This little kitty has become part of our family through being her BFF and more importantly he was excellent therapy for anxiety and depression.
To accept I couldn’t fix it and love her through the pain of it all has been a challenge.
If you haven’t yet faced this in your parenting journey I can tell you that your children will present you with times that will leave you feeling helpless AF, to accept there’s nothing you can do to fix them or the situation will call on the deepest parts of you so you can let go.
“Love that child with all of your soul
But there’s one hard thing that you need to know
If you really want your love to show
Know when to hold on and when to let go”
Above lyrics from a song off Heartland (I may have binged watched it on Netflix more than once)