My 17-year-old just bought a ticket to go to Mayhem Festival with her friends. Although it makes me nervous, they're going without an adult chaperone. After all, I'm encouraging her to be independent in other ways, expecting her to get a job and her driver's license, but I wonder: should I really be letting my teen go to a rock festival unchaperoned?
I’m glad to know I’m not alone and that Circle of Moms members debate the same thing.
"Our Little Babies Are All Growing Up"
I keep reminding myself that in less than a year, she'll be 18, a legal adult able to make her own decisions about where she goes and with whom, but when I look at her I don't see the young woman who towers inches above my head. In my mind's eye, she's still a little tiny girl who wanted to do everything with mommy.
Mom Christina A. understands the lump in my throat and the tightness in my chest when she says, "I know it's hard to think that our little babies are all growing up now." It is hard. It’s hard to watch my daughter grow into adulthood and let her make her own missteps and decisions.