October 10, 2011 by Stacy McDonald
When I was in high school I had a friend who was allowed to do whatever she wanted to do. My parents were strict, and I remember once telling my friend how “lucky” she was that she had “cool” parents who gave her so much freedom. I’ll never forget her answer. She said, “It’s not really freedom; they just don’t care what I do. Sometimes I think they’re glad when I don’t come home.”
This cartoon reminded me of how my friend must have felt. Though we certainly do not want to keep our children on leashes, boundaries communicate to them love, protection, and value.