We have a connection with our children that cannot be explained. When they hurt, we hurt. No matter how old they become, they are and always will be our babies.
We cannot protect our children from all the harsh realities of life, and death. The best thing we can do is walk through it with them. Help them to understand, it's normal to feel the feelings they do.
This is the reason it SO bothers me when this society goes overboard, rewarding everybody the same. What is the incentive to achieve all you are capable of, if everyone gets the same award? trophy? recognition.?
When they get out into the "real" world, they are going to be unprepared to stand up against the competition, the expectations thrown at them. In my humble opinion, this is greatly responsible for many people in my generation, still supporting their children who are in their 30's or 40's and beyond.
Allowing our children age 1 - 100, to stand on their own two feet as much as possible. Allow them to grow and learn from their mistakes. Allow them to clean up the messes they make. Show them how strong, smart and resourceful they are.
Fantasizing the freedom we give our children through letting them use their blood, sweat and tears to grow strong.