Kids grow up. It's inevitable. When they do, it is important that we should also grow up with the kids.
Easier said than done.
Since assuming the dual role of mother and father to my three kids, I've never been so conscious of being in control. I've always been a control freak, but unlike before where there was someone who was neutralizing me, I have to weigh everything by myself now.
I always wanted to spend time with the kids… and I was expecting the same from them.
I wanted a solid family - intact, close-knitted, and always there for one another. I wanted to always see them together.
There was no problem when they were still young where they cannot really go anywhere without me. But as they grew older, they learned to explore on their own… AND they needed to explore on their own.