Even though parents mean the best for their children, most parent’s tend to worry about things that can be beyond their control. I can speak directly on this because I am a parent even though I am a fairly new parent, I am still a parent and I know that I worry about protecting my child to the fullest extent. Sometimes as parents the worry we have for our children can actually be damaging in a way, as crazy as that sounds.
As parents we worry because we don’t want anything to happen to our children and we want to be able to save our children from the harsh lessons that the world has to offer. In reality as parents we can only do so much because the fact of the matter is we give our children knowledge on how to handle certain situations, we also give guidance so they can be directed even when we are not around to direct them, and we also offer our children discipline knowing that we would rather teach them a lesson than to have them learn the hard way. After we have tried our best to direct our children all we can do is hope that they listen and apply these things to their everyday life, but the fact remains that we as parents are not able to be around our children twenty four hours out of the day, with that being said that’s where the worrying comes into play.
We worry the most when our kids are not around us and not because we don’t trust but because we live in a cruel world and we are aware that anything can happen at any given time and most people are afraid of the unknown. We don’t want our kids to stray we would like to think that the things that we instill in them will stick with them for the rest of our lives, but the reality of situation is that we have all been a child once upon a time in our life and we know that things such as peer pressure and trying to fit in can come into play and leave a child forgetting everything that the parent has worked so hard to teach them. In my opinion when a child reaches a certain age he/she will listen to a friend before they listen to their parents.
Parents will worry and children will be children but at the end of the day it’s all about parents wanting the best for their children, most parents have been through some rough times in their life time and can’t imagine there child going through some of the things that they have went through so what is a parent left to do besides worry. Having faith is always an option when it comes to our children but there is only so much faith a person can have in this society that we live in, I understand that we as parents must trust that our kids make the right decisions, but there is a saying that trust is earned not given and when our kids show that they are capable of dealing with worldly issues on their own then we are able to worry less and spend more time trusting in our child. We only worry because we want the best we mean no harm but at the same time excessive worrying can cause harm to both the parent and the child, the main reason I say that is because worrying normally leads to stress and stress is unhealthy for anybody whether it’s a child or parent.