Back in September, Emily wanted to do things that were slightly dangerous–like driving. Rather than saying no, I explained to her she could drive, when she turned 16. After that I provided age requirements for everything: chewing gum at 8, working at 18, dating at 49, etc.
A parents greatest pride is when they see their teachings actively followed on. My point came today, at the grocery store.
Pushing the cart back to the car, Emily yells from within the basket, “I be 21 and I drink BEER!!”
I am so glad we are teaching our children values from an early age.