My parents raised two children – myself and my brother. They fed us. They bathed us. They even took us out to places. And for all intents and purpose, I think they did a pretty terrific job in raising us to become the people we are today.
So why is it that I worry so much when I leave my parents in charge of my children? When my parents indicate they are headed to the movies with the kids, fears of my kids choking consume me despite the fact that they successfully took my brother and I to the movies all the time. When they suggest they take the kids food shopping with them, fears of them leaving the supermarket without them engulf me, despite the fact they never left my brother or I behind at any retail establishment. Don’t even get me started on the idea of them driving with the children anywhere that requires them parking in a parking lot or crossing the street. My parents successfully took us everywhere and anywhere without ever having a pedestrian accident. Regardless of what or where they bring my children, sheer panic sets in the minute my parents take the children off my property.
Last week, I did what I thought I could never do – I left them in charge of my children for more than 24 hours. And you know what? My children were absolutely 100% fine. Of course, I checked in several times and was respectfully asked by my oldest to, “Stop calling. We are ok!”
My mother once told me that worry would set in the minute I held my child and it would never cease regardless of who they are with or how old they become. Yep….she was right!