That’s my boy. Racing down a steep hill toward the edge of an even steeper hill, giggling all the way.
I want to give him his space to explore, but it’s also my job to keep him safe and (mostly) injury-free. So there I am, following behind but always looking ahead for danger. I’m sure it’s a struggle that most parents face. How do we encourage exploration while setting some boundaries? But all we can do is try our best to find the right balance for our individual children.
On this particular day, I was hoping to get a few family photos. You know, the kind where we all stand still and smile at the camera? And while we did manage to get a couple of posed shots, it’s this image that makes me smile. I’m so glad my husband snapped this photo when he did because it perfectly symbolizes this stage of our lives. We are watching a baby become a boy and explore his independence, we are just along for the ride.