Best Parenting Books For 4 Year Olds in 2023
My Magical Words (The Magic of Me Series)
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls
Princess for a Day: An empowering children's book about kindness and self acceptance
Trucks, Planes and Cars Coloring Book: Cars coloring book for kids & toddlers - activity books for preschooler - coloring book for Boys, Girls, Fun, ... book for kids ages 2-4 4-8) (Volume 1)
The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book: 100+ Fun Early Learning Activities for Outside Play
Your Four-Year-Old: Wild and Wonderful
My Alphabet Toddler Coloring Book with The Learning Bugs: Fun Coloring Books for Toddlers & Kids Ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 - Activity Book Teaches ABC, Letters & Words for Kindergarten & Preschool Prep Success
How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
Dinosaur Activity Book for Kids Ages 4-8: A Fun Kid Workbook Game For Learning, Coloring, Dot To Dot, Mazes, Word Search and More!
My Numbers, Colors and Shapes Toddler Coloring Book with The Learning Bugs: Fun Children's Activity Coloring Books for Toddlers and Kids Ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 for Kindergarten & Preschool Prep Success
Parenting Advice: How to Let Go of Your Adult Child
Find practical advice and support for letting go of the adult child who is moving out or going away to school.
"Simple" certainly does not apply to any parenting guides, especially when it comes to letting your adult child go.
Unless you've been there, letting go is a lot easier than it sounds. It involves a lot of emotions you may never have experienced before. For me, there has been nothing as soul-piercing and rewarding as seeing my son jump head-first into college over the summer and get an apartment near campus this fall.
I'm as proud as any parent could be. He's making good decisions and doing well in school. He chose a nice apartment and used money he had saved to help furnish the apartment. We, his parents, have helped, but I can clearly see it is time to cut the apron strings. That's such a hard thing to do.
In contemplating my son's move, looking back at my life when I moved away from home, and talking with parents who have experienced this exhilarating grief I found some parenting tips to help let go of your adult child and maintain your sanity.
Parenting Advice - Letting Go: Recognize You've Done a Good Job
First, recognize that when your child is ready to leave home you have done your job. You have actually seen a job through to completion. It has long been said that parenthood is the one job you want to work yourself out of. When your adult child is ready to leave home you have done that. Trust that you have done your best, instilled values, responsibility, and a sense of integrity that will provide a solid foundation for the rest of your child's life.
Parenting Advice - Letting Go: Don't Second Guess Yourself Now, There's no Re-Do
Second, you can't second guess 18 to 20 years that have already passed. Many "should haves, could haves, would haves" may flood your mind as you wonder whether you have done the best job you could. Based on the assumption that you love your child and have looked out for his best interest from the time you brought him swaddled in a blanket home from the hospital, to the time he has been knighted by the world as an adult, trust that you have done your best. You are not responsible for your adult child's decisions.
Parenting Advice - Letting Go: Keep Lines of Communication Open
Keep lines of communication open. That means both ways. Your adult child is not going to want to spend a lot of time with you, or talking to you on the phone if it is a constant lecture or berating. Communicate by listening and responding to the concerns that your adult child may have. This will help you, as a parent, maintain the sense that they trust you and will turn to you for advice, but removes the sense of parental control and judgment many adult children are trying to escape.
Parenting Advice - Letting Go: Recognize and Appreciate Their Individuality
Every child, young and old is unique. I'm sure you recognized that a long time ago about your adult child. Whether you chose to accept it earlier, or not, when your child is an adult it is crucial that they have your support and encouragement to be who God created them to be.
Your adult child has a life and a destiny. Your son or daughter's destiny is not yours to determine or live. Turn your adult child over to God. Trust that you have taught your child well, and have faith that though they may hit obstacles and the going may get rough, your child will make their way through this life to a great future.