I’ll start with my own post on my After the Playground blog where I list some of the more unusual things that you can do at 18. Did you know that from the age of 18 you can donate your body to scientific research or work in a slaughter house? Well, you can but you may not want to!
It is around the age of 17 or 18 that your children may want to holiday without you, triggering unprecedented levels of anxiety and sleepless nights. The issue is cleverly explored by Jo at Mother of Teenagers where she documents some of the adventures she had as a young person and the feelings she has about her kids doing the same!
We should also be mindful of our own role in our kid’s developing independence which is featured in a post at Kate on Thin Ice whilst the Thinking Parent explains that planning and prior discussion can help to avoid conflict about how much freedom they get. As parents, our ultimate fear is that something bad will happen when we are not with them and I was very moved by Gemma’s beautifully written personal account of an incident involving her daughter at Life with the Peppers.
It is not just physical independence that takes place at this age but a developing independence of thought also, and a very interesting post at Falcondale Life explores the issues of discussing current affairs with your kids.
On a lighter note, teens and tweens are such good company! When I get the chance to spend the day with my own three I leap at the chance and this lovely post at Ali’s Upside Down World shows that I am not alone. I am also on a mission to find holidays and days out that tweens and teens will enjoy with their family and this great post about skiing holidays at Family Makes was just what I was looking for! On the subject of holidays, I’d like to share my own thoughts on holidaying with your tweens and teens.
Finally, I discovered two lovely posts about tweens and their newly found freedom. The first is at Teacup Toria in the form of a letter to her 11 year old son as he turns 11. The second is a hilarious list of things by Buzy Mum that we, as parents, do to annoy our 10 year olds without even trying. Read it, I bet you’ve done most of them, I know I have!