My husband and I were fairly strict parents, teaching our children accountability, respect, manners and a good work ethic. When they began driving, I knew we had to become a little more creative to monitor their activities, so whenever they went out, they were required to bring home “proof” of where they had been – a ticket stub, sports program, restaurant or shopping mall event. Even if they really weren’t at the place they said they were, at least they’d have to go there and buy something with their own hard-earned money as proof. Both of our kids had part-time jobs and paid their own way for fun and recreational activities.
My now adult son and his wife visited us from out of state and stayed at our home. One evening, they went out with friends and I went to sleep before they returned. You can imagine my smile when the next morning, I saw two movie ticket stubs and a dining receipt sitting right there on the kitchen counter for me to see.
I love my kids!
Our Kids Carried Our Lessons Into Adulthood