Pushing the kids out of the nest

United States
September 25, 2008 10:33am CST
As parents we love and care for our children all the time but are we doing them an injustice by not teaching them to live on their own? Last year I had to encourage my 21 year old daughter to move out on her own. I felt guilty at times for doing so but now that she has been on her own for a year she has matured so much and I am very proud of her. I had always been there to take care of every little detail of her life and she was unsure of her ability to make it. Now she is not only a beautiful young lady she is also full of confidense. When is the right time to send our children to make a life for themselves?
1 response
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
25 Sep 08
Congratulations to both you and your daughter, moving out can be such a big step. I do not understand why young people these days are so reluctant to leave home. For myself I could not wait. Not that there was anything wrong with my parents, we had and still do a very close and strong relationship, however I just longed to be independent. I wanted to show the world that I could do it on my own. The moment I finished high school I had a job and started saving to make the break. It took me about six months to get myself organised and once I was out I never looked back. I think that children (young adults really) should leave home at around the 18-19 year mark. On a side note Kindredspirits, welcome to myLot :)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Thanks for the welcome and I agree about encouraging our children to make it on their own.