Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
This week I was reflecting on my teenage children and thinking to myself it’s difficult to determine how how much leash to let out and when to do so.
On the one hand, I’d like to hold their little hands forever. On the other hand, I know I must let go gradually so they become strong adults.
It is a very challenging step in my life. So, I practiced letting go just a little bit this weekend.
Friday night was their high school winter dance. I dropped Alicia off two hours early to help set up the hall.
Austin was invited to a friend’s house for dinner beforehand. So, I dropped him off.
Randy picked up both of them up safe and sound at 10pm. Phew! That wasn’t so bad.
The next day, Austin got invited to attend a dance and etiquette class about 20 miles away. Afterwards, they went to a friend’s house for snacks and hangout. I picked him up at 10pm. Hmm, not bad. I think I can do this.
On Sunday, Alicia received a call from a friend who moved to a different school who wanted to catch up. Normally, I would escort my daughter everywhere she goes. However, I thought I would let the two of them walk around the beach area while I rested on a bench near the water.
An hour and a half later, they showed up happy as clams. Gulp. I guess while my kids are growing, so am I.
Have your children transitioned from little ones to young adults? If so, how did you handle it?