Letting Them Go: Prepare Your Heart, Prepare Your Child for Leaving Home by Dave Veerman
Reviewed by Amy B
Oh, I am not looking forward to the years that are too quickly approaching. Although I realize God has entrusted my husband and I to care for two of His children for only a set period of time, knowing that doesn't make it any easier. On one hand I have great pleasure and comfort in seeing my children grow up to be such loving and caring adolescents, knowing they will have those same characteristics (plus much) as adults. I have no doubt about that. I can't help also cringing, knowing the difficult world they will have to face eventually, without either of us alongside to coach them.
Yes, our job will change drastically over the years. "Letting Them Go" covers many of the issues parents face as their children grow up. God gave our children to us with the understanding that we would eventually give them back.
Mr. Veerman covers the gamut from preparing for when your older teen is ready to take that step into total independence, to the mixed feelings you and your child will have as they go, and then to how things may be when they come home for visits or when they get married. Once the first and each subsequent child leaves home, the dynamics of the remaining family changes, until the nest is empty. Additionally, since no one is perfect, your young adult will make mistakes. There are times to be involved and times when you need to take a step back and just be there.
Real life experiences and Scriptural references compliment a topic that is difficult for most parents. If you have just recently or will soon be watching any of your children head out on their own, you will likely find some help and maybe even some comfort in reading "Letting Them Go."
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