Parenting is a funny thing.
When your child is young you need to be involved in every step along the way.
As they hit middle school years, you need to start stepping back; giving them the space they need to start maneuvering their world on their own.
By high school you need to be watching from the sidelines. It’s sink or swim time preparing for college.
The irony though is, if you’re too involved, you can be accused of being a “helicopter mom.”
If you step back too much, you can be accused of not caring.
You’re constantly walking a fine line between over-stepping and under-stepping.
As my Son was growing up, I was by no means a “helicopter mom.” I was what I classified as his advocate.
An advocate he desperately needed at times.Continue reading “Navigating the Ever-Changing Terrain of Parenting”