I feel like part of raising self-sustaining adults is giving kids some responsibility.
On that note, every morning around 6:00 AM, I take my dog out for a walk. I leave my 10 and almost 9-year-old home to make themselves breakfast while I’m out. They have become used to this routine and are now quite good a making themselves useful in the kitchen.
After this morning, however, I am starting to second guess myself.
Keep in mind that I am never more than a few blocks away and they have an emergency phone to call me on if there is any trouble. I have also trained them what to do in case of a fire—we have a meeting place outside our home in case of emergencies.
I was quite confident with all of these plans in place that we’d be good, and we have been for months.
Until this morning.…