Letting go (a short note on parenting a big kid)

I’m sure this won’t be my last post with this title. But today was a biggie. We got a big kid bike (pedals, training wheels and all) for LP today. He was out riding like a champ. As his dad, sister, and neighbors cheered him on he rode down the street, grinning like a maniac. I would help him balance a bit, and then he would tell me when it was time to let go. Eventually he said “Mommy, I can start my bike by myself. You can let go – I don’t need you.”

It’s not the first thing he has done by himself. It’s not the last time he will say “I don’t need you.” But for some reason, with this milestone, I’m both bursting with pride and tearing up a bit. I think I’d better get used to it.

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