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Very soon, if not already, his personal decisions will have to be something more than a matter of simple “submission” to Mom’s and Dad’s injunctions.
He will have to choose to act on the basis of the wisdom you’ve attempted to instill in him over the years and out of an awareness of his personal responsibility toward his Creator.
In contemporary America a young person comes of age and is empowered to vote at 18.
The precise line of demarcation differs from society to society, and obviously an individual’s level of maturity plays an important role in this journey.
It might be a good idea to sit down with your child and talk openly about your mutual expectations.
Sometimes a “ceremony” or “rite of passage” of some kind (on the analogy of the Jewish Bar- or Bat-Mitzvah) can be helpful in redefining roles and establishing new parameters.
We’d like to know, for instance, how far “past 18” your daughter is and whether she’s living at home or on her own.
You need to be able to say, “As you approach adulthood, here’s what changes and here’s what stays the same.” Above all, resist the temptation to manipulate or control.
The Bible says that children should "obey" and "submit to" their parents (Ephesians 6:1; Colossians ), but he says that because he's an adult, this commandment no longer applies to him. At what point does an adult child become fully independent of his parents' control?
There comes a time in every child’s life when he or she crosses the threshold into adulthood. In the Jewish tradition, for instance, a boy is considered a man at age 13.
In jurisdiction, your child is transitioning into a separate and self-determining entity.
Whether or not he takes immediate advantage of the opportunity, he has the right to leave home and make his own way in the world.