Letting go is one of the tough things about motherhood. Some seem to handle it with grace and even ease, but it's a tough one for me. How about you?
We asked our Mighty Mamas to share their thoughts and here is what they said.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE MOMENTS WHEN MOTHERHOOD REQUIRES YOU TO LET GO?
"I have severe anxiety when I have to "let go". I am a control freak, and I will work myself up into a panic. I just have to breathe and let God take control. I know that my daughter is safe with those I trust to care for her. I think this anxiety will lesson as time goes on, but a pep talk from my husband and a deep breath really get me through!"
"Sometimes not so well! But I really do try to breathe, tell myself it's going to be okay and remember that I can't control everything (or much of anything, really, when it comes to kids). I have to ask myself if my kids are safe and happy and if they are, then the rest is probably going to be okay!"
"There has been nothing more personally painful to my heart than to say goodbye the marvel of my children's first year. Then the second. And now the third.
Today I am feeling the grief in their growing up. Today I am feeling the grief in that no longer need me to rock them to sleep. Today I am feeling the grief that I have toddlers now – people with real feelings and opinions. Today I am feeling that grief for the day I get that knot, that burn in my throat, and they start Preschool next week.
I don't handle these things well. I am a very emotional person. I cry at the drop of the hat. Slowing I'm learning to "suck it up" and just move on. This is life. Babies grow up. That's why I'm soaking in all I can right now."
"I am not always graceful at this, but we try to raise our children to be brave, so I like to think I let go when they need to do so."
"I try to prepare and plan for the situation as best as possible, and in the end, I just take a deep breath and pray about it."
"Forcing myself to do so! I, for example, have some issues with the way my parents in law treat my son (spoil, guess it´s also a cultural difference between Spain and the Netherlands) and I used to get very upset about it. But I also know that without their help our jobs (which require travel and in my husband´s case a lot of evening hours) would be almost impossible to maintain. So I am trying to see it as part of the "being raised in a different culture""
HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE MOMENTS WHEN YOU NEED TO LET GO?
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