Who knows anymore? Since my oldest is embarking on middle school (gulp) soon, I've been thinking alot about, wait, OK what haven't I been thinking about? My son will be a "young" middle schooler because he has a late birthday and started Kinder at 4. And will graduate at 17. Well I graduated at 17, however, girls and boys... Two completely different scenario's. Did I screw up by being an over eager parent and putting my child in Kinder early? Well.... That's just the beginning of my questions.
I remember as a kid playing outside with no adult supervision, riding bikes in the street, walking to the local park, walking home alone from school, having to be home when the street lights came on, etc. Things were fine then, I'm not sayin my parents didn't worry or I was NEVER supervised, I'm just pointing out the ability to be more lax in those days. Today there is NO WAY I would let my boys be outside without some kind of supervision, and definitely NOT in the street, or going to the next neighborhood. Too many careless peeps out there not to mention FREAKS. So, am I overprotective? Am I hindering my child's maturity level because I won't let him cross the street by himself or be out of some sort of eye shot? Why is it SO hard to let them flutter away from the nest and soar? FEAR? I want them to be independent and responsible adults. What do you think, what do you do to ease those worries? What "systems" do you have for your kids?