Longer Leash – There’s a fine line between giving our kids a longer leash, and giving them enough rope to hang themselves. Trace Embry explains on today’s License to Parent.
As our kids grow older many parenting experts tout the importance of giving them more decision-making liberties. The goal is that our kids will learn more effectively from the natural consequences of their mistakes. I’m all for giving kids a longer leash as they mature; but only as they prove themselves wise in current decision-making. In light of our toxic society today, parents must determine which decisions are prudent to hand-off when considering where reward merits risk. Allowing a spiritually and emotionally immature teen to choose to be alone with the wrong girl, for instance, yields much more risk than reward. We’re not talking, here, about selling his Xbox too cheap. There simply may be certain decisions which Junior should never be allowed to make … this side of leaving home.
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