OPINION: Children repay the faith in ways we least expect
AS a child I was allowed the freedom to roam pretty untamed, when I was at school, from sun up to sun down.
My parents would shuffle me out the door in the morning and really had very little idea what I was doing.
The only rule was I had to be home before it got dark and be on time for dinner.
As a parent, I have never allowed my kids the same amount of freedom that I enjoyed as a child.
The prospect of men in white vans turning up at the local park and abducting my children has probably scared me into being more cautious.
There is a great art in allowing your children to grow up and, little by little, giving them greater freedom to make their own decisions.
This is not an easy task for a well known control freak like me.
But building emotional resilience among our children and educating them in the way of the world can have some pretty rewarding results.
Take our front page story from today's Northern Star for example.
Five-year-old Rihan Jarrett saved his mother and sister from the wreckage of their smashed car on the Summerland Way.
This little boy had the nerve to climb out the window and back up an embankment to wave down a passing car.
It just goes to show what young people are capable of when push comes to shove.
It's an inspiration to me and I am sure many other parents.