The oldest went to a movie tonight...with friends. His father and I did not attend with him. He's going this one alone. It's the first of what I know will be many struggles of my wanting to maintain control and him wanting to exert his independence.
He's there under strict conditions and timelines that I am comfortable with (ok, not really) and he is satisfied with...(yeah - probably not). His father and I with the little one will be eating dinner at a restaurant close by while he enjoys the movie with his friends.
Holy crap, I'm not ready for this. I don't want to overprotect this kid...I've seen what that looks like as a teacher and I really don't want to be that parent. But I also don't want to be the parent who leaves their kid unsupervised... I think I did a decent job of not over-reacting (I do have a tendency to do this...) and I think the oldest was okay with my parameters and I'm pretty sure I am too.
But wow...I'm not ready for this...
Did I mention girls are some of the "friends?"