After watching Meg's post today about her son's time trials on the motorcycle, I got to thinking.
I mentioned to her that I would never be able to watch my kids do that type of thing.
One of my worst traits as a mother has got to be my over-protectiveness. I struggle with so many things with having boys. I try very hard to let them be boys, but at the same time I try even hard to not let them do anything dangerous.
Hubby wanted the boys to play football. I never did. They are in the band instead. My boys have always been small for their age and I am afraid they will get hurt. I am not talking about simple bumps and bruises type hurt. My fear is more of the break-your-neck-end-up-paralyzed type hurt.
Over the 4th weekend, hubby let the kids do a few fireworks. Nothing big, just some things they have for kids. Not sparklers - they freak me out. But I was still a nervous wreck the entire time. I was sure someone was going to get hurt and we would be in the ER by the end of the night.
I am not so over protective that they don't get to do anything. But when I do let them do things I am a bundle of nerves until they are done.
Amusement parks without me, I am on pins and needles all day.
Camp without me, I need (NEED) to hear from them at least once a day (thank God for texting and cell phones).
Even when they are staying over night somewhere, I have to hear from them before bed and again in the morning. (Sadly, even at Grandma's I am this way).
If I go away without them I NEED to call home several times throughout the day to check on them. It drives hubby nuts!
Teen is seriously considering going to DeVry in Florida for college. I will be a mess.
My kids Do Not have Seperation Anxiety - I do! Well except for Little S, he does have some SA, that is why he goes to preschool.
So now that I have admitted I am a complete freak, what is the worst trait you have as a parent?
And please tell me I am not the only one like this!