Rite of Passage

(Recommended Age: 13)

13

Age 13 is a wonderful, mystifying and terrifying time in a child’s youth. It’s also a fabulous benchmark to touch their lives in such a way that you radically ramp up their ability to thrive through their teenage years.

Year thirteen is a wonderful, mystifying and terrifying time in a child’s youth. It’s also a fabulous benchmark to touch their lives in such a way that you radically ramp up their ability to thrive through their teenage years.

The Event

The Rite of Passage is meant to be an event. It could be a trip to a place of the child’s choosing or an activity of the child’s choosing that is experienced with one of their parents (preferably mom with daughters; dad with sons). The key to this event is that you’re marking a line of demarcation in how you are going to view as well as treat your child. Going into it, you’re viewing them as boys or girls. Coming out of it you’re going to view them as young men or young women. You could have them read a book on sexual purity. During the trip you set aside some pockets of time in the midst of your fun to discuss dating, relationships, stepping up to greater responsibilities, etc. And then, when you come home, you let them know that you’re going to treat them differently. You’re going to give them more freedoms and choices, but you’re also going to give them more responsibilities when it comes to living mature and adult-like lives.