It’s a scary time in the lives of most parents when their child becomes an adult. This is usually around the time that they leave the nest. Of course, from a maturity perspective, it’s likely that they won’t actually be what you would define as an adult until they reach around 26, but even 5 years before then, they are legally an adult in the eyes of the law.
Of course, different countries and cultures define adults differently. For Jewish communities, it can be 13 years old. For European cultures, it might be 16 years old. No matter what your culture tells you, it’s only you as a parent who’ll know for sure when your little baby becomes an adult, and even then it’s likely that you’ll refuse to see it out of a feeling of nostalgia. This is a perfectly natural response, but your approach to them leaving the nest needn’t be filled with too much sorrow.
This is an exciting time. They are now about to embark upon the time of their lives in which they will learn what it means to be a person. They’ll find out what brings them happiness and what brings them sadness. This is a time to be celebrated!
Consider showing your appreciation for the journey they’re about to go on with these following gift ideas:
Driving lessons are a necessary part of the upbringing of most people. The need for personal freedom with a vehicle can be quite high depending on where you live and what errands the child has to run in their daily life.
Helping to get operational will surely take the driving bite out of their budget, which can be difficult to completely fund themselves in a timely manner. You needn’t purchase the entire set of driving lessons, but a few here and there can be very helpful for them to get started.
You might have rubbed your eyes after reading that heading. Why on earth should you purchase your child alcohol?! Surely that is very irresponsible? Actually, if your child is of legal age, purchasing a bottle of good quality liquor online can help them stay mature about drinking, and not need to hide it from you.
They are going to drink in one way or another, whether that’s at college or elsewhere, so having a few relaxed drinks with your child in the comfort of your own home allows them to understand the feeling of being slightly tipsy and otherwise stay sensible when out on the town. Teach responsible drinking attitudes to your children-who-are-adults in a polite, respectful and thorough way, and they’re much likely to keep those positive attitudes for life.
Presence & Guidance
Sometimes, the best gifts have no monetary value whatsoever. Sometimes providing your gentle guidance, presence and understanding can do what thousands of dollars in new equipment can’t. Make sure that you provide this no matter what, but just letting your child know that you’ll always be there to lend a listening ear can mean more to them than they’ll even realize at the present moment.