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The 5 Hardest Things About Being a Mom

Mom Challenge #5: Learning to let go continued...

How to Cope
"You can't raise your child in a bubble," Raskin says, "but you can get reassurance that she's in responsible, protective hands." For example, instead of patrolling the daycare grounds, Donas could inquire about the school's security policy, and it might just set her mind at ease. "Never be embarrassed to get the information you need," says Raskin. There's nothing wrong with asking if all the lifeguards are certified or if the babysitter knows CPR. And if you don't like what you hear, make changes. "That eases your anxiety because it means you've done due diligence," Raskin says. "Once you've done all you possibly can, it's easier to let go."

No, you can't safeguard your child from every possible harm, but you can allay your fears and you can also take pride in knowing that you're protecting your child and modeling a rational understanding of the world around you. What's more, you're readying yourself for the day when his safety is truly out of your hands, which also means you're readying yourself to take better care of you when that day comes.

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