That’s the kind of parenting that I am doing right now with my daughter who is a high school senior. Actually, I’m struggling to be a transitional parent as I am so used to being a hands on all the time mom… and still am to my 12 year old and 8 year old… but my high school senior is very ready for me to let go, and let her go.
But oh this is hard.
I’ve heard all of the stories for years. I didn’t doubt them.
But it is different when it is YOUR CHILD!
For the last almost 18 years, my entire world has been wrapped up in keeping Maddie well. Every decision, every plan, every possibility has been weighed against the potential medical response that Maddie might need. I can’t explain it really. Maddie’s medical needs have been an ever present issue. And now, it is terrifying to let go and help her walk away and prepare for college.
And she is doing it.
Maddie applied for college the first weekend applications opened. She was accepted almost immediately.
Maddie has been to a scholar’s preview and has accepted her first scholarship.
Maddie is taking ownership of her scholarship essays and telling me to butt out.
Maddie is ready to take on the world.
Her momma might need some counseling.
It really is amazing how wonderfully Maddie is doing right now. She is the healthiest that she has ever been. She is confident and strong.
These were the days that we prayed for when she was little and things were so scary.
So we are in a time of transition.
May God have grace on parents of high school seniors!