Parenting: A Journey
I’ve learned quite a bit about parenting this week. Maybe it doesn’t have a lot to do with writing, but frankly, anything that has to do with me has to do with writing.
This week, my husband, my daughter and I are off skiing. Where is my son, you might ask? Well, he’s with his classmates doing work on a project and skiing elsewhere. Bailey has been away from us many times in the past – heck, he goes to sleepaway camp for a few weeks every summer. But this is the first time we are taking a family vacation with ¼ of our family missing.
Bailey is going to have an excellent time! He’s with his 5 best friends in his principal’s ski house in Nagano. They have papers to write ahead of their big trip to New York to the United Nations in April and the teachers and principal thought this would be the best use of the 4-day weekend. They will work and ski and work and ski. Bailey was wildly excited to go.
So what I learned this week is that the hardest part of parenting is doing what’s best for the child when all you want to do really is to hold on tight. This is his time; he is growing his wings. I’m so proud of him. A bit sad for me, but still very proud and excited for him. This is just the beginning of the process for all of us, but we’ll take it one step at a time and like I’ve said before, enjoy the journey.