Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word. Every so often, I find myself with some writing time on Friday and plan to take this challenge. When I have done this I find that my 5 mintues of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections. So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:
Every parent comes to the time where they need to ‘send’ their child forward into a new phase of life. Be it highschool, tertiary or university, a new job, travel, or maybe marriage. As new seasons dawn for my children, I ask myself “Have I prepared them well?” Who is to know what ‘well’ means? To me it means:
- They are able to embrace new things, accept change, be flexible
- They are prepared with skills – whether they are practical or relational skills needed for the new tasks, new situation, new relationship
- They know that we are always there to support them
Sometimes we think a mum’s job is over once the kids are done with highschool – but that isn’t the case. The next stage of parenting, of being a mum, is to be there to support them and encourage them as you send them forwards. Yes, it looks different than being a mum during the primary school or highschool years – but I’m still needed.
When I think of sending my kids forward I have two goals in mind:
- To send them forth, ready for the next season in their life
- To continue to give them support as they go
And that is 5 minutes up!
So they are my thoughts… what do you think about when I say the word “send”?
Linking up with: 5 Minute Friday