I have always been very protective of my girls. I don't let them do some things that other kids do. Sometimes I think they get mad at me, but I get so nervous. I even have problems with letting them walk or ride their bikes around the neighborhood. We live in a nice neighborhood. Somewhere you would think of as safe. In this world, though, how do we ever know what's safe or not?
I am writing about this because of my oldest. She is 14 now. I have let her go to a couple movies with friends. She has always been allowed to go to sleepovers and school functions. I let her stay at the house by herself for short amounts of time here and there.
She asked me the other day if she could babysit 2 of my nieces this Friday. It would be until after midnight. Her and 2 very little girls by themselves that long makes me very uncomfortable. I wouldn't let her stay at my own house without an adult for that late. I know she is not happy with my decision.
Growing up, many of us SISters babysat other kids. I know I was doing it by her age. Why am I so scared to let her do it then? She's pretty mature and she is responsible. I just can't bring myself to let her do it though. Things just seem different to me now. The world is different.
Am I being too overprotective? Would you let her do it? If you are a parent, do you consider yourself too protective?
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