Even at fifteen, I knew I had responsibilities as a mother. I had a little life that was dependent on me for nurturing, support, health, and learning. As my little one grows from a boy into a man, I know, he’s not going to be as dependent on me. The doctors will look after his health; the school will provide the education he needs and yes, he will still come to me for emotional support. But, he’ll also have a group of friends and new social connections and contacts to rely on. So, what is my role as my son gets older? Well, as cold as it might sound, parenting becomes mainly financial support. Don’t get me wrong; I know parents provide more than money for their kids. But it is a big part of helping them grow. Particularly, when they reach the teenage years. I’ve already started planning for this stage in his life, and if you’re a parent, I encourage you to do the same.