Worrying will never change the outcome of a situation. All worrying does is cause YOU anxiety over something YOU cannot control. Worrying only affects you and is negative, so stop it. That is what I tell myself if I start to worry.
As parents, we are always concerned for the safety of our kids, especially in these unsettling times. We hope that, as parents, we have instilled good values, trust, and responsibility in our kids to make the right decisions and choices.
My son would call me overprotective, I call myself a concerned parent. Sometimes it is hard to find that happy medium to satisfy both of us. He is growing up and pulling away, becoming more independent. I look at him and wonder where the time went, it seems like just yesterday he was a toddler and now he is a teenager.
Today is the 1st time he is riding his bike to school. It is a couple of miles to school and with the way people drive today, naturally I am concerned for his safety. But, I must trust in his ability to ride his bike safely, take less traveled streets, and be aware of the idiots, who are texting while driving, around him. With this trust, he gains freedom and independence and hopefully in his eyes, makes me seem less overprotective. I tell myself, not to worry, he is fine. I am doing much better than previous years, I used to be a big worrier, but now, not so much. It really does no good to worry It only caused me great anxiety and I could not do anything until I knew everything was OK. BIG waste of time and you can’t do anything about it anyway. So, if you are a worrier, just take a deep breath and tell yourself, “I am not going to worry, there is no reason to worry, and I can’t do anything about it anyway, so stop worrying.”
It is tough to be a parent, because kids grow up and there is nothing we as parents can do about it and worrying does not help. It is important just to be there for them when they need us and to make sure they know that they are loved. And worrying about them for every little thing does nobody any good.