I Can Totally Relate.
I am a father to a 17 year old son, and 14 and 13 year old girls. I love them with all my heart, and can say that I put my absolute all into being with them and doing fun activities with them, even sometimes at the expense of my own best interests. I would never change a thing, but it always seems like it's never enough. My kids are great and they want their freedom, but for some reason I just can't let go. It's a vicious cycle where I am constantly worrying whether or not I'm not spending enough time with them or smothering them. I volunteer for every school project and field trip just to not " miss out " on anything. Sometimes I even drive by their old elementary school to remember the old times when they were there or hang out at the park where I used to take them when they were little. I am so proud of them and so happy that they're moving on, but I get so sad because I miss them being little. I really don't know what to do to make this feeling go away, but I do know that it does get a little better with time. I can honestly say that I relate to what I'm reading in this group; worrying about the next birthday or the next school year, throwing old clothes or toys away, not being able to find a website for this subject, etc, etc, . All I can say is that we have to be strong for our kids and do the best we can. I look forward to see what others have to say about this in the future.