Dating appropriate teenagers
On the other hand, we want to qualify this last point by reminding you that “honor” does not necessarily imply that an adult child must do whatever his parents want him to do.
For instance, a parent may wish that an adult child would accept every piece of advice the parent offers – plainly an unrealistic desire.
He will be graduating into a position of self-responsibility, in which he becomes accountable to a higher authority – the authority of God Himself.
In jurisdiction, your child is transitioning into a separate and self-determining entity.
Sometimes a “ceremony” or “rite of passage” of some kind (on the analogy of the Jewish Bar- or Bat-Mitzvah) can be helpful in redefining roles and establishing new parameters.
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There comes a time in every child’s life when he or she crosses the threshold into adulthood. In the Jewish tradition, for instance, a boy is considered a man at age 13.
In contemporary America a young person comes of age and is empowered to vote at 18.
You knew it would, but you didn’t think it would happen so quickly.
In spite of any hope you had of slowing down the clock, you woke up one day to find that your child is not so childlike anymore.
You need to be able to say, “As you approach adulthood, here’s what changes and here’s what stays the same.” Above all, resist the temptation to manipulate or control.