Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Letting Go of the Reins

Life Lessons of a Rodeo Queen
Lesson #4

Many of you know, I have four kids.  They amaze me on a daily basis.  I am moved to tears of pride so often because of their talents and wonderful hearts.

Lately though, this mother has been having a hard time letting go.  Recently, I took my oldest daughter to audition for a play. Normally, this would not be a big deal.  I have been a theatre director for almost 10 years.  I love the theatre and am so excited for her to be involved with it.  Yet, I had so many worries.  What if she doesn't get a part she likes?  What if they're mean to her?  What if she trips? What if she doesn't get a part at all!

I was so worked up that I almost went back inside and got her.  Or at the very least, sat with her.

But, I didn't.  And everything turned out just fine!  She was a beautiful member of The Secret Garden cast, and we cheered for her with roses and all--for she was the Star of the Night in our family.

And I learned that it's okay to let go of the reins.  To let life teach and let my kids step out on their own.

You'll have to remind me of this soon...we have the Nutcracker coming up!

What have you done lately where you've let go of the reins?


  1. I have a three year old boy who as recently started pre school I don't know which of us was most scared. Me and my partner have spent the last three years working shifts so one of us was always home, so sending him to pre school was a big deal for us. I was terrified he might not make friends or the other kids would be mean to him and pick on him because of his eczema. I had no need have worried he is doing fine, but as a parent it is terrifying sending them out into the world

  2. Lisa,

    I know exactly what you mean. It is very hard to let them go into that big room where we are not, hoping that all will be well. And be secretly proud of them--at their strength, at their excitement of the unknown.

    Thank you so much for stopping in. I have really enjoyed chatting with you.

    All the Best,

  3. Good for you! I'm not sure if I can think of a situation where I've let go of the reins lately, but then, I'm not sure if taking the reins when I shouldn't has ever been a problem for me. ;) Lately, a lot of the changes in my life have been stepping up and getting more engaged with people around me, in a good way, like signing up as a Nanowrimo ML.

    Came by here looking for your Six Sentence Sunday, but I guess you didn't get it up yet. Better be quick or a moderator might kill your link.


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