If lives came with control panels I’d adjust my Ultra-Protective Parental Instincts Lever…stat.
It seems mine’s been stuck on “max” for over a decade as I’ve perfected the arts of disaster prevention and damage mitigation. I’m like Johnny Bench at the bottom of playground slides, and I could teach Homeland Security a thing or twenty about screening threats. I’ve equated intense observation and limitation with good parenting. But all of my hovering isn’t going over so well with my teenagers.
I have no earthly idea how to dial down the “mama bear” to afford my kinds the opportunity to mature and make mistakes. So I’m investigating heavenly ideas instead.
You’re invited to join me at the blog of The Home Educating Family magazine to listen in on what God has been teaching me about protectionism vs. thoughtful preparation for life’s challenges.