The Golden Age of Parenting

Earlier this year a coworker and I were discussing our children.  She smiled and made the comment that I was in, what she liked to call, The Golden Age of Parenting.  It is that brief time in life where the kids are old enough to govern themselves, feed/bathe/entertain themselves for periods of time, yet still unable to drive and are safe within the confines of the parental home. 

This time is about over for me. 


The Deerslayer recently turned a whopping fifteen years old and driving is looming in the near future. 


Thank goodness his uncle wanted to sell his truck.....and luckily to us.  


We surprised The Deerslayer with it this afternoon.  

It was seriously a surprise, but he didn't seem to have any trouble adapting. 


He promptly hopped into the driver's seat and parked it in the garage.  

Pray for me y'all.....

Comments

  1. Such an exciting time! But I tell you, I never prayed so hard and so constantly as those first few times he was out on his own. And the sweet relief to see them walk in the house when they got home! Whew! :)

    One good thing...that truck looks big and safe...and he looks so proud behind the wheel!

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  2. Been there, done that! It's a bit nerve racking as I recall... prayer, yes!

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  3. oh my. he's a young man, for sure! eek!

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  4. I am praying for you! Welcome to sleepless nights. It's going to be a brand new journey.

    Velva

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  5. A step in the life cycle, the children grow up and stop relying on parents. I enjoyed your pictures and the simple life. I love the field, my father had a farm.

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  6. You have a very handsome son!!
    I know he is proud of his new ride..very good looking truck!
    Time sure flies, uh?

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  7. Ah yes, I recall those moments (mostly) with fondness. I think I could write several long stories about the lighter moments of driving instruction (like the first time my son got behind the wheel and I got in beside him with a football helmet on ...).

    Enjoy these times - they are soon gone !

    Oh, and a prayer has been offered.

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  8. driving can be good for kids but not all of them deserve to have a driving lesson at early age. good idea is that driving lesson can be a great reward for them once they have done something really good. it's an ideal prize.

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  9. I have two boys and those first days of driving on their own near killed me.

    That truck is a beauty! He must have been in 7th heaven. :)

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  10. You have good judgment and the Deerslayer seems to be a good kid. All will work out. Untold billions of kids have progressed from the teen years to adulthood in the past.

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  11. oh man! I don't want to even think about driving- good luck! I think my golden age is a bit hazy, by the time my youngest is old enough to be semi self sufficient, my oldest will be 19! hmmm... guess we didn't plan that well! hah!

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  12. oh boy the fun begins...and the gray hairs for Mom and Dad...sending you lots of prayers...

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  13. Been there last summer... relax mom... it's not like he won't come home occasionally... to get gas money... lol...

    Dann in Ohio

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  14. Oh boy... been there.. done that.. got the calls in the middle of the night. I sure hope your boy is a safer driver than my 3 kids! Lucky boy to get that for his first car!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. That face says it all!! I have managed to keep mine from getting their licenses until know....I have to let them get on with it,South Africa's roads are a killing field...

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  16. Cool truck! It fits him well.

    Sending prayers your way. It does make life easier when you can send them on errands or pickup siblings.

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  17. It was his lucky day!

    Hang in there ;-)

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  18. Looks like i have a few more to go with my kids, and ours can take a driver test intil 18, i believe in US is 16!!!

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  19. Oh do I remember those days!! Think all will be well just hang on.

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  20. The Deerslayer is a lucky young man to have parents like you. He's not doubt anxious to explore the world with his 'freedom rider'.

    Consider getting him a GOPRO camera setup for his truck.

    Try not to worry too much. :)

    http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero2-motorsports-edition/

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  21. I love the Golden Age theory! And I was thinking I had to wait until grandbabies arrive - hopefully another 20+ years - for that to happen! Good luck with your new driver, we're crossing my fingers for when my niece is off driving on her own in just weeks!

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  22. Driving is still an eighteen-year-old thing here. Good luck to the soon-to-be-motorized Deerslayer!

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  23. That is some gift! I'll be he did not like it toooooo much.

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  24. Oh, I remember those days. You will be in my prayers, Michelle. Like yours, my boys grew up in the country and learned to drive lawnmowers, tractors, and four wheelers, so had some experience before the real thing came along. Looks like your deerslayer is off to a good start. Things have a way of changing quickly. I like the expression the Golden Age of parenting...very fitting.

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  25. Oh my... You're in for it now Chicky!!!

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  26. Always a safe road ahead. Luckily my son is about to get five years of age in August ;) Please have you all a good Tuesday.

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  27. Yep, I remember the golden age with my kids and that didn't last long enough. Remind the Deerslayer there are downsides to driving too fast : )

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  28. Hang on -- I remember my teenagers getting to that age. My whole life turned around. He is one fortunate young man to have a truck of his own. One good thing -- he will probably be able to run errands, etc. to cut down on your time of running around. Ying and Yang so it goes. -- barbara

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  29. I be prayin! Mine just got his license...it's a whole new worry. I love the term "Golden Age of Parenting".

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  30. Wow -- what a terrific surprise! I'm impressed he just parked it in the garage without taking it for a spin. Sounds like you've raised him well. He'll be just fine. But, it won't hurt to send an extra prayer your way. : )

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  31. I hear ya sister!!! I sooo remember those days although our kiddos drove farm equipment at a young age.

    I now have a seventeen year old grandkiddo drivin', one with permit,
    one that will get a permit in June. Whew, where does the time go!

    What a handsome new driver ya have there, I bet he'll do ya proud sweetie!!!

    God bless ya and have yourself and excellent week!!!

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  32. Wow, what a great surprise! - I will pray! xo

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  33. We always want to keep them safe, no matter how old or young they are. They are always our "kids" even when they are 30 or 40 or???

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  34. Next will be the girls asking for a ride.

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  35. Your son looks so confident driving, already, Michelle! As long as he follows the rules of the road he'll be fine...of course it will take you some time to get used to him now being extra independent. :)

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