The Anxious Parent
I hate to admit it but I am an anxious parent. In regards to my kids, I struggle with anxiety on a regular basis. My anxiety really comes out when I take the girls to the playground. As a father I want to protect my daughters but sometimes it goes too far. I’m tempted to not let my daughters do things where there is a chance they could get hurt.
Even as I watch them enjoy the playground I allow myself to become anxious thinking about the what ifs. What is Norah slips on the rope ladder and falls? What if Anna’s shoes catch on the slide and she flips head first down the slide?
These anxious thoughts can be paralyzing and at the root is my struggle with trust. I don’t trust my daughters’ ability to make smart decisions. I don’t trust God to protect my kids. I don’t trust that their failures or accidents can really be good for their development.
The bottom line is that my anxiety isn’t good for my kids’ development or for my own spiritual walk. It’s hard to overcome especially because the battleground is in the mind. But it’s worth overcoming for myself and for my kids.