It doesn’t matter how old your children are you never stop being a parent. At least when they are young and there is something wrong you can fix it with a kiss, a cuddle, and the odd bandaid, but how do you make the hurt go away when they are adults. I suppose you just have to have faith they will come through any obstacle a stronger person, but I think the best thing you can do for them is just be there, at least that is what I try to do.
I think my boys know that, they know that if they need me, or even if they don’t think they need me, I am there. There have been times when I have not been able to be there and for that I felt terribly guilty, but sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise, my sons know that.
I take great joy out of watching them with their own children, sometimes it can be quite funny to see them doing and saying the same things to their own children that I did with them. As their children get older they are realising just what a tough and sometimes heart breaking job being a parent can be.
I don’t like to say it kids, but you will never stop being parents. While you may look forward to the years ahead when you are kid-free, believe me you never will be, your children will always be your children, and they will always need you for something, you will never stop being a parent. I wouldn’t have it any other way.