And Now For Something Completely Different
May 30, 2006
I have a post up over at dot-moms today:
I have kids now who want more freedom than I am sometimes willing to give. Items to keep them safe aren’t readily available in the aisles of Target anymore. Unless they are selling micro chips that I can implant in their brains to force them to make good decisions, override their dangerous ones, and track their whereabouts at all times.
What do you all think? Especially you experienced moms of older children. I thought as my children got older it would get easier. I have found that while it has become less physically exhausting, it hasn’t become easier. The issues have become more complex, the answers less clear. My hand wringing and mental flagellation have increased. As have my grey hair and need for an occasional alcoholic beverage.
I wrote that I don’t allow my children to used the public restrooms alone. There is no discussion about it, though my older sons wish I would relent. I either bring them into the women’s bathroom, or depending on the location, open up the bathroom to the men’s room and send one of my sons inside to see if it is empty. If the bathroom is completely empty they may use it. But I hold the outside door open with my foot and don’t let anyone in. Usually no one wants to go in anyway.
Rob always thought I was being over protective until someone he knows personally had a 12 yr old approached by a man in a women’s restroom. Not only did the girl not tell her parents, who were with her at the store, until weeks later, the way that she interacted with the man proved my point that at 12 years old, children just do not have the maturity to always make good decisions.
So, go on over there and read and then let me know what you think. And while you are there read some of the other essays by some other fabulous mothers.
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