It would be nice if you could keep your child in a protective bubble for the rest of his life, shielding him from any hurt that many come his way. But the truth is, all of the parenting work you're doing now is helping him prepare for his departure from the nest. You know that life has lots of ups and downs in store for your child, and the best thing you can do is give him the tools to cope. Starting now, there are things you do that will make your child mentally strong later in life.
It can be hard to watch your child grow up and need you less, but allowing them to learn and discover the world around them is one of the best things you can do as a parent. Encouraging your child to try new things, giving them the space to make their own age-appropriate choices, and teaching accountability can go along way in helping them become responsible and resilient adults. And at the end of the day, isn't that the point of this whole parenting thing? So starting loosening the reigns, take a step back, and watch your child blossom into a mentally strong adult. You may be surprised to see that all of your hard work is actually paying off.