My top 5 in no particular order and Not an exhaustive list.
- •No matter how cute they are and no matter how deliriously in parent-love you are with them, they're going to leave home one day. Remember this, count the time backwards, savoring the days. Remember when you're in the grocery and they're having a meltdown. Remember when they're dreaming and you kiss their eyelids without waking them.
- •Let go of the wheel. There will come a time when they will want to drive their own life. Let them.
- •It will be hard. There might be tears. They and you might make mistakes. This is normal.
- •Pray. A lot.
- •Love. Always. No matter what. Daily. Using words and deeds.