Lately I’ve been struggling with the fact that my kids are growing up and they want more freedom. But it is soooo stressful. We’ve been letting them walk home from school, and leaving them at home a little bit for short errands.
I am able to not stress too much when I leave them at home watching TV while I run to the store because I know where they are. But the 20 minutes after school that it takes for them to make the 10 minute walk home is just excruciating for me. I can’t figure out how my parents were able to handle me being gone from the house for hours at a time and not freak out about it. Heck, when I was Zach’s age (9) I had a paper route after school and wouldn’t come home until closer to dinner. The idea that I was just wandering around (albeit on a set route) is just crazy to me. I guess I should be happy that I had that kind of freedom, but it’s hard to understand.
How am I supposed to handle this when they are teenagers? Already their friends have cell phones so they can “check in” with their parents. That would certainly make me more comfortable but is it really necessary? I’m not sure.
This is tough. Any of you veteran parents want to enlighten me?