A few weeks ago my daughter and I traveled together to Kenya. Hannah is 12 years old, and this was her first significant international trip (she’d been to Mexico a few times). It was so fun how seriously she took her preparation for the trip and the maturity she displayed in Africa.
I don’t believe I have ever met a parent who does not want their child to think for themselves by the time they leave home to pursue a life outside their family of origin. We all want our kids to be equipped to make decisions for themselves and to question, rather than to blindly accept the views of others as their own.