A Psychology Today article said, "Independence is a gift you give your children that they will cherish and benefit from their entire lives. You can provide your child with several essential ingredients for gaining independence:
- Give your children love and respect.
- Show confidence in your children's capabilities.
- Teach them that they have control over their lives.
- Provide guidance and then give them the freedom to make their own decisions."
Now that my children are independent, I want to make sure to keep myself from feeling lonely and missing my job of parenting. I plan on engaging in many activities, enjoying the bonds of friendships I have made, and building other relationships. I didn't want to be the parent that was pictured in the illustration to the right. I wanted to be able to send my children out into the world prepared for the future, knowing I had done my job as a parent.