Mine are 21, 18, and 14 - and they take turns cooking dinner, so we've cleared the stove hurdle...
(But I have input on that question, because I've been there, done that! The biggie for me at that age was "when can they go to the park on their own"? I agonized over it. And then was scared to death the first time. Ugh.)
Parents of older children also face challenges like
- peer pressure,
- sexual activity, sexuality,
- do we have a curfew?
- how do you monitor homework with a teen who swears he "did it in spare" - but you don't believe it
- part-time jobs and schoolwork
- when do you kick an older child out?
- abusive relationships
Heavy going, and quite different than the challenges facing a parent of a toddler or pre-schooler.