Being a parent isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it can be very trying. The challenges of a parent don’t only include raising your child, making sure they get to school safe, making sure they eat the right things and trying to teach them the right life lessons. It also means being able to let them go out on their own once they are grown.
This is perhaps the biggest challenge for parents. It’s even harder for parents that have to let their children go on to dangerous yet important careers like military service. However, try to stay positive and supportive of your children. It may be hard, but it’s part of your responsibility as a parent.

Realize You Can Still Communicate with Them

Your children moving out of your home or even shipping out overseas does not mean your relationship with them is ending. Instead, take comfort in the fact that you will always be able to communicate with them when you really need to. This is especially the case today thanks to high speed internet and cell phone service being able to connect nearly any two people in the world. You can even use teleconferencing apps like Skype to speak face to face.

Realize Your Children Are Capable and Self Sufficient

Adults are not like children. Adults are able to fend for their selves. They are self-reliant. They know how to avoid danger and are cognizant of their own needs. You don’t need to worry so much about them. The job you did raising your children prepared them for living on their own and leaving home. That knowledge will stick with them whether you are physically present or not.

Know They Will Be Doing Important Work

Part of the reason why children need to leave the home eventually is so they can contribute to society. This is one of the responsibilities of a parent, helping to shape an outstanding citizen that can make a difference in the world. This is nowhere truer than for the parents of military service personnel. If you are a marine mom, for example, you should take comfort in the fact that your son or daughter is doing important work in the marines to protect the country from harm.

Realize You Did the Same

At some point, you too left home, made your own way and started your own family separate from your parents. Your children are making the same journey. Take comfort in the fact you were able to successfully complete that journey and so should your own children.

Your children being away from you can be tough. However, this is part of being a parent when your children grow into adults. They need some space so they too can pursue their careers, start their own families and find their own way in life. Don’t feel bad about it. It is proof you did a great job as a parent and that your children have grown into well-adjusted adults.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.