So, my grandson is going on a trip with fifth graders from his school. They left this morning at six and will return tomorrow at two in time for regular parental pick-up.
The camp will be good for all the children,
especially those who haven't spent time away from home. My grandson has always
been with one family member or another, unless he was in school. The only other
times were birthday sleep overs, usually those were all within a ten mile
That led me to consider how protective we've been
toward our sweet grandchild. It does take a village to raise a child and we're
a huge versatile village.
When my own son was small, I didn't have those resources
close-by, except for my sister-in-law for a short time, but he's no worse for the choices I made
with close friends to care for him while I worked. He made new friends and
people to love him other than family. Too, I worked close enough, most of the
time, to pop in to see how his day was going.
My grandson has learned respect for his elders and
for that we're grateful. Now, he's definitely all boy and we have issues to
deal with like everyone else. Sometimes it's a toss of the coin as to which way
to swing a decision, depending on what the issue entails. :) He's also a very
polite, independent little man. We respect him as a growing adult also, and for
that, I hope he's grateful too. I think most of the time he is.
There's always that moment the parent must step up
and decide what's best. We gotta watch out for those manholes! Keep'm safe,
while rounding out their education, at home and out there in the world. Naturally,
I think each decision depends on the individual child.
I wonder how many of you have had a family village
to care for your child, or children? What are your thoughts on what works best?