Transitioning Into Teen Years
Radio Hostess: Renee Swope
Contributing Writer: Renee Swope

My firstborn son just became a teenager! How did that happen? Hi, I’m Renee Swope for Proverbs 31 Ministries.

As our family transitions into the teen years, I know my son needs more freedom and independence. So, this year we let him start walking home from school. We also gave him a key to the house and sometimes I come home a few minutes late so he can feel more responsible and independent.

We’re also teaching Joshua that freedom’s a privilege but he also still needs some boundaries. He knows he can’t surf tv channels or be on the Internet when he’s home alone. We’ve also set up security measures so he’s safe.

With freedom comes responsibility, so we assigned Joshua more ways to help around the house. This fall we opened a bank account for him, and set up a budget so he could buy his own school supplies. And if he doesn’t spend it all, he gets to decide what to do with the extra money.

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