Wednesday, February 9, 2011


XboxImage via WikipediaThat stone I've been carrying uphill these 15 years?
He's making his own now.
On the cusp of 15, the Dude has a wallet, a check card and a cellphone.
He needs me less and less. Tells me less and less. And teaches me lesson after lesson.
Today he came home from school and planned his evening: "I need to take a bath before Explorers, so I'm gonna play some xbox, then take a bath."
He's going to take a bath voluntarily?
"Do you need anything from me?" I asked.
And in short order, he played Xbox, took a bath, dressed, ate, packed his gear, screwed his courage to the sticking point and went to Explorers (currently a source of both pleasure and anxiety). He had a brief moment of panic when he realized he'd forgotten a permission slip, then took a breath and muttered, "Next week."
So he organized himself, took responsibility for his hygiene, managed his anxiety, and went out into the world.
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  1. It's a double edge sword we want our kids to be more independent but we also don't want them to not need us. I hope the day comes when I do not have to give my kiddo instructions on what needs to be done in the shower every night.

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  4. It is sad to realize your child is growing up, but they will always need you in one way or another. I am dreading Kindergarten graduation because I keep thinking about how one day it will be high school...probably sooner than I will be ready for!
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