Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15. Day 166. Letting go

You give them the skills they need. You lead by example and at some point you need to let go of the ropes and either let them stand on their own two feet or trust them to the care of others who can continue their learning process.
Parenting - the toughest, most frustrating, most rewarding, thing you will do. Ever.
The balance between protecting and giving them the space to be independent and make their own mistakes is one of the most difficult aspects.
I watched an awesome example of leading off and then standing back at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs this afternoon where abseiling class was underway.
With a whole family of well wishers at the bottom cheering them on, Mum went over the top first. Having done it myself, I can tell you it's a long, long way down. The trick is to never look down. One step after the other. Mum stumbled a bit but she did it.
Then it was Mason's turn.
He looked down, grinned at the crowd and then stepped off.
About half way down he lost his footing and swung on the ropes. It shook him but he didn't give up.
He collected himself, managed to swing around and continued his descent into the waiting arms of Mum at the bottom. He'd done it and the family cheered.


  1. Wow, I admire you all, I don't think I would ever be able to do that! #CountryKids

  2. Gosh! That is something I could never do! But how fantastic to see Mason having a go and doing so well - wonderful :) And look at that stunning blue sky :) #CountryKids

  3. Oh fabulous Susan, I'd be terrified, I'm a real baby when it comes to heights. Well done to Mason, no mean feat x

  4. A leap of faith - isn't that was life is all about! I agree parenting is the most challenging and hardest thing we will ever do. Thanks for sharing your exciting outdoor adventures with Country Kids.