You may recall that I posted a few weeks back about Free Range Children here, a movement to allow our children to have a little more freedom and experience a little more on their own.
Well, since then I have been thinking about what I could do to give Mikayla a little more freedom. She is very mature and going to be 12 in the fall...so I think she is ready to do more. I mean, she is going to be baby sitting soon...if I am going to trust her to watch other people's kids...she could probably handle a few other things too.
Anyway. Today, I suggested that she take a walk to the 7-11 and get a treat. It is about a 10 minute walk (maybe less), just outside our housing development.
Her response startled me. She was suspicious!
She wanted to know why I wanted her to go, why now, why this freedom. Why, why, why?
It totally caught me off guard and made me realize that I really was holding on too tight.
So, another resolution not to hold on so tight, and a determination to allow her a little more freedom.