There is another side to this parenting coin and that is staying connected. We let our kids go, but we do not have to disconnect. Technology makes a phone call or text message extremely simple and miles do not matter. We get to catch up on the events of the day, give encouragement or share a laugh. You do what is needed to stay connected as a family and participate in this very special gift of getting to figure life out together. It is not perfect, mind you, and for that we know mending happens on purpose. For a good “team” works together for a common goal and that requires connection, even during the hard times. I’ve also noticed how our kids go to their dad as a natural response. I am convinced it is because he does not give up on them, but works with them like a coach, I guess you could say. And we may win or we may lose, but either way we are together.