If she were mine, the only place she would go without me would be to school, and I would be dropping her off and picking her up. The problem with most children today is that they are being given too much freedom to make their own choices much too soon, and they simply are not wise enough to make good choices. My philosophy in rearing our children was to let the rope out gradually because it's always easier to do that than it is to rein it back in if you have been too slack. I think that's probably the position you are in today, and it will be tough, but I would rein her in. I would tell her I had trusted her with too much, and she has now proven to me that she can't handle it. Therefore, her freedoms have been revoked. I would put the bulk of the responsibility on my own shoulders, telling her that I simply gave her more to handle than she was capable of handling, and that I now have to change that for her own good.
at 8:23 AM on Apr. 7, 2011