Lonely Without You

Do you struggle emotionally when your children are away? Do you miss them like crazy and long for the moment you get to wrap your arms around them again? This is a very normal feeling for all parents and a common occurrence to single parents. Whether your children reside with you or not, the time away from them can feel very painful. You understand that time alone is necessary for you.  You understand that it is unhealthy to depend on your children to cure your loneliness.  And you may even have the understanding as far as to recognize that one day they will be away from your constant care as adults.  This is prep time!  Actually, all of those facts are correct however missing your children immensely is also a fact, a real feeling, and okay. 

I remember when I first went through my divorce, my son saw his dad very little.  When he did go to be with his dad, I felt like my entire being was living in another home, eating meals with another family, and hugging someone else before bed. I was heartbroken and completely paralyzed to any other thoughts or actions until my son was back home "where he belonged".  It took words of wisdom from a very close and honest friend who told me that missing him was okay.  Paralyzing myself and the deep depression and anxiety were not.  The hardest thing I did was to take the step into normality and life while my son was with his dad.  It took practice to learn that life still goes on and that I should use this time away wisely.  Most people call it a "break" but in reality it shouldn't be a break from yourself, just your normal responsibilities.  In fact, when I took time to really focus on what I wanted to do that I normally couldn't do, it was a sense of freedom and fulfillment that gave me more energy for when my son returned.  It was like taking the car to the mechanic and getting maintenance done so that the car (me) would be in better working condition for many days ahead.

While he is gone, he is growing and bonding with his dad and I am growing and bonding with myself. 

9 comments:

  1. Thank you, I NEEDED to read this for I am going through this very exact thing right now!

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    1. You are very welcome! Hang in there. :)

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  2. It's difficult because you feel like you are the only one who will take good care of him. I enjoy being with my little guy but I pray when he leaves ... For comfort for me and a great time for him

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    1. I absolutely know that feeling. Remember that God loves him more than you do. Praying is always a great thing to do for your son and for you. Blessings to you both!

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  3. A very timely message for me... My kids are two states away with their father for the next two weeks and I am missing them like crazy! This is their 3rd trip and I am usually a basketcase by the end of the first night. Today is 3 days in and I am still doing ok. I do miss them; my whole world usually revolves around them, but I am taking time to sleep in, clean the house, go to the gym, and remember what QUIET sounds like... They will come home, whether I have taken the time to rest or not, so I should enjoy it while I can!

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    1. Good for you! I'm so glad you are taking the opportunity to relax and do things for you. It is hard but it sounds like you are doing better every year and understand how and why to recharge your battery. Blessings!

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  4. I am really struggling with this as well.. Some visits are better than others but it makes it so hard with him only 3yrs & he cries each time he leaves!! :( also, that we are in a custody battle & that date is approaching quickly. Please pray for my son, for his best interest is with me, his mommy!

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    1. Praying for you! It is so hard to see him cry. Please keep me updated.

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