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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.

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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.

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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.

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Have your children transitioned from little ones to young adults? If so, how did you handle it?

Blessings, Rebecca

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Ticking Time Bomb

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Last week, Ahmed Mohammed was arrested in Texas for bringing a clock to school which he allegedly made. Authorities arrested the teen for possession of a hoax bomb.

Later, Richard Dawkins posted on Facebook that the teenager didn’t event build it, but wanted authorities to incarcerate him.

All the news surrounding this incident is making my head spin as a parent. First, I heard on the radio, he was severely shunned. Then, he was praised for his ingenuity and invited to many companies’ science and technical fairs.

As a results of similar past incidences, my own two children don’t have lockers on their public school campus. I remember how fun it was to have my very own locker in middle and high school where I could store my books between classes along with my personal items.

Nowadays, due to bomb threats, knives, guns etc. most schools do not have storage lockers for kids. Sadly, they are forced to carry outrageously heavy backpacks.

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What are your thoughts on this controversial subject?