I remember bringing my son home for the first time. He started to cry, and I was like - OMG! What do I do?? That is when it hit me that I had this precious little life that was my responsibility. It was scary and made me very nervous! But after a while, your natural instinct will kick in and it gets better.
He's 12 now. Even today, I still get nervous at times. Am I doing the right things, setting the right example? Preparing him for the future? But when I see him now doing his own laundry (his idea, not mine - we wanted to start doing it, so I taught him), and getting into advanced math and science, or sticking up for a smaller or weaker child, I have to smile.....that's my son!
It doesn't ever really fully go away - you will always be nervous in a sense. It's only because you want to do the best for them, and by them.
at 11:38 PM on May. 2, 2009