I have understood from the moment I became a mother that part of my job description was to facilitate independence in my kids.
I have taught them how to;
walk, talk, read, play well with others, look both ways before crossing the street, never talk to strangers, save their money, put family first, never be late, never procrastinate, always do their best, laugh at themselves, always wear sunscreen, look people in the eye, voice their opinions, question authority, never ask for help when they can do it themselves, and hopefully about a million more things that will come in handy at some point in their lives.
Every independent step takes them a little farther away from me, and that's the way it should be.
As pleased as I am with these two fiercely independent kids,
There are days when I would give anything for just one more moment of this
So little, so sweet, and all mine