Having a 16 yro boy!

Ok. So he didn’t JUST turn 16 but this is still a tough age! He wants to be grown up but he still wants toys for Christmas. You know more video games, basketball hoop, oh and lets not forget the pool table!!
But on the other hand, he wants to be a grownup. He wants to get his drivers license. He wants a truck.
This is hard for me as a mom. Really hard. For those of you with younger kids, you may have the disillusion that parenting gets easier as the kiddos get older. Sorry to have to break the news to you but IT DOESN’T!
I may be done with the 2 o’clock feedings with him or the persistent ear infections. He doesn’t throw his food across the restaurant anymore. (yes! He actually did that once!) But now he wants to drive! Without me!
I won’t be there. I won’t be able to say, “stop! there’s a car” or “watch out for that kid before you back up!” He can hurt himself or someone else and it could really be something serious.
OK. I admit it. I am scared. No. Let me change that. I am terrified!
I know I have to let go and let him grow up. He has to be allowed to test his wings. He has to make his own mistakes and learn from them. But I don’t want him to have to learn that way. It’s tough and it hurts. And sometimes you never recover from them, and some of the scars never go away.
I don’t have the answers. What do I do now? Where is the line between being a good responsible mother and being OVERprotective?

2 thoughts on “Having a 16 yro boy!

  1. Grace I know it is hard. You have raised him to the best of your ability. Now you have to trust in yourself that you taught him right. Have another talk with him and make sure that he knows that with every decision he makes there is a consaquence. [sp]. He has to grow up sometime. You don’t want him to be a mamas boy. all though he will all ways be your baby. Love in Christ

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