I guess I thought allowing my kids to “live a little” would be easier for me. The other day we went to the park. My kids hopped out of the car and took off running towards the play structure. Out of nowhere, I yelled, “Hey guys, stay on the path!” My husband was there to remind me: “We agreed to let the boys live a little. Besides, they’re really not hurting anyone in the process of running through the shrubs and dirt.” Thank goodness he was there, or I might have made the boys get back on the path.
The only explanation I have for my behavior is that I have been “hard-core” parenting for the last six or seven years. It is difficult for me to back off and let my kids just be…without constant coaching. I wonder if I am the only mom who has a hard time with NOT controlling every situation.