The Prompt 3: Sweater

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The Prompt 3: Sweater


On a superficial level, this quote made me chuckle, it’s what drew me to it in the first place.

In my house, I am always cold. While I sit wrapped in a blanket with a hot water bottle, my husband sits in shorts and a t-shirt.

I put coats and hats on the kids, my husband leaves them in the car when I’m not there…

But, on a less superficial level, it made me think about all the criticism that we have to deal with as parents. It implies that as mothers, we over think, over worry, over protect, over dress…

But, by reading that into it, am I simply over thinking and over worrying?

But!

Isn’t that our job as parents? To worry, to make decisions for our children, to make sure they are safe, warm, happy? And appropriately dressed :)

But, is it right to be overprotective? Where is the line between sensible concern and stifling behaviour?

I try very hard not to be overprotective of my children. I know intellectually that they must learn, that it is my job to guide them on their journey to independence. I know that they need to make mistakes, that they need to experience, that they need to have the opportunity to work things out for themselves.

And, I know that along the way there will be moments of fear, moments of insecurity and moments of pain, both physical and emotional.

So, while I worry, I must also teach. I must equip them to deal with whatever life throws at them, because ultimately they will grow up and grow away – and I will need to let go.

Perhaps it is as much of a learning journey for me as it is for them!

But, I will continue to wrap them up warm, because while I may not be able to wrap them in cotton wool and protect from the harshness of life, I can wrap them in layers of warmth and love.

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12 thoughts on “The Prompt 3: Sweater”

  1. thereadingresidence

    I think it’s totally normal to worry, to protect, though I agree getting that balance right and not teetering into over-protectiveness is tricky. I’m quite certain I often tip over it, but I’d rather tip that way than not do all I can to take care of them. Like you say, we’re all learning!

  2. I think you’re right about the learning curve being for both us and our kids and all we can do as parents is equip them with the tools to deal with whatever life throws at them. Thanks for hosting, I’m really enjoying focusing on my writing instead of my photos for a change :-)

    1. Oh, I’m so pleased to hear you say that! I’m loving hosting it, writing my own posts and reading everyone else’s :)

  3. I prefer to live by the adage ‘It is better to be safe than to be sorry’. It may be perceived as being over-protective or paranoid. So be it.
    Btw, I must say a huge thank you, Sara. I am really enjoying The Prompt. It is making me revisit writing skills that were lying dormant for far too long xx

    1. I think I err to the side of that too!
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying #ThePrompt – that comment has really made my day xx

  4. This is a beautifully written post Sara, I’m sure most parents can relate to what you’ve said. Over protecting will do no-one any favours, but at times it’s naturally all you want to do.

    Difficult to strike the balance, and everyone does it differently. Ultimately though, as you’ve said, it’s our job to give our kids the resources to successfully get through life independently.

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