We live just houses away from many of my 10-year-old son Jonathan’s closest neighborhood friends. Given our proximity to them and the fact I know all of these kids and their parents you might assume that I have feel reasonably secure whenever my Jonathan declares to me that he’s going to see if his friend Trip or Max are home to play.
Unfortunately, I never feel my kids are secure enough. I’ve seen enough things in life that I never let my parenting guard down.
In order to balance my need for protecting my son with his desire to be trusted I’ve created what I call the 5-Minutes-to-Report-Home rule. (more…)