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Natalie Hawkins, Gabby Douglas' Mom: 'What Kind Of Mom Does A Thing Like That?'

Natalie Hawkins, Gabby Douglas' Mom: 'What Kind Of Mom Does A Thing Like That?'

Commented Aug 5, 2012 at 14:51:02 in Parents

“I believe that I raised my 14-year-old well, and that she is smart and capable of choosing her own destiny. I will support her all the way. The strength of Natalie Hawkins, to allow Gabby to move so far away to pursue her dreams, amazes me and is very noble. I can't imagine what it would be like to be separated like that. We protect our children until they are ready to leave the proverbial nest. Some are ready sooner than others. People think I'm crazy for allowing my own daughter so much freedom to make her own decisions, but I want her to be a strong woman who knows how to choose for herself and when to ask for help. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kids is let them go knowing that they are smart, tough, and will land on their feet even though we hold their hands from far away.”

baabdala on Aug 6, 2012 at 06:22:07

“You are an amazing mother. Like myself you had intuition re how to raise strong children. And now my daughter is an attorney in DC. She put herself thru college and law school. She still owes money for that education. But she loves her life and after leaving home never looked back(when she left for college I cried for 2 weeks) . In addition she has taken me on wonderful vacations and has done many other wonderful things as she appreciates all that I have done in raising her.And yes, it takes strength to push your little baby out of the nest. But it must be done. Bravo !! for all mothers everywhere.”