Up until now, it’s always been easy to know where your child is at any given time and have him close by to you.
Take them to school, and pick them up again to bring them back into the family home again.
What happens when they have started high school though and make their own way to and from school in a morning?
They walk themselves there, and walk themselves back and you just have to trust that they will come straight back home and not dawdle along the way with their mates.
Then when they do come home, they want to be straight out again.
When they’re 8 years old, like the youngest, it’s a lot easier as you know where they are.
Even when they’re playing, you’re in charge of where they are.
When they’re nearly 13 though? You have to learn to let go a little bit.
Laying some ground rules of course.
A set time to come back, that they’re to stick to of course if they’re wanting to be allowed out next time. :-)
Of course, today’s world makes it easier with the invention of mobile phones which certainly weren’t around when I was 13.
It makes it a little bit easier, at least.
That’s OK, you go off out and I’ll just pace up and down until it’s time for you to come home.
Only then can I relax.
I think it must be a parent thing.
At what age do yours go off with friends, or into town?
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