Overwhelming Sadness About Children Growing Up...I am glad that I found this site. I am 41 years old, with daughters aged 14, 16 & 19. I feel so sad that they are growing up. I don't know how to face the future. I can truly say that the happiest times of my life was when they were young, and even then I felt a sadness that they would be growing up.
I am wondering now if this is depression or perhaps a lack of "self" needed to have a normal, meaningful life without small children around. Could it be that they gave me purpose, and now I need to find that on my own merit, my own self...not relying on them? I see how these feelings can harm them, and keep them from growing into healthy productive individuals. They need a good role model, and someone to rely on for their adulthood situations, not just from a childs perspective & needs. Thank you for letting me see this by reading others experiences with this. I need to get a grip on this, and realize that this has to do with my own lack of confidence and contentment.