When your child was younger and dependent on you, you might have longed for the freedom his independence would bring. You no longer need to nag him to do his homework, or rush to his school to deliver the water bottle he’d forgotten.
Now that the moment has arrived, you realise that letting go is much harder than expected. Suddenly, he seems so vulnerable and at risk.
But understand that your over-protectiveness can undermine his self-confidence and reduce his ability to cope in situations where you are not present.
Letting go is a gradual process. It takes years, and perhaps is never fully completed. It’s not a matter of your child acquiring independence in one fell swoop, totally dependent on you one minute, then totally free to make all his own choices the next.