I'm reading a great book right now called, "Parenting Teens with Love and Logic". I'm learning a lot about how to help children transition from childhood to adulthood without being the parent that hovers, yells, or bails their child out of every problem they come across.
We had a "moment" this past weekend where I saw my T acting like a man and doing a great job at it. We're having to replace the siding on our house and before we could get the new siding put up, the old had to be torn down. T knew that Jeremy would not want to do this when he got home from work and he also knew that he was capable of doing the work himself. So he went outside, grabbed his tools, and went to work. The amazing thing about this whole event is that we had planned to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics that night and T had talked about watching it ALL DAY LONG! He knew the Olympics were on, but he also knew this work needed to be done and when faced with pleasure or work, he chose work. That's a man!