Just when you think you’ve heard it all…
Delaware resident Tammy S. Oneal was recently charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Her offense? Letting her 9-year-old son drive her car to school.
She was confident her son would arrive at school safely, she explained, because he’s an experienced driver: She’s been letting him take the wheel of the family car ever since he was he was 5. “He was apparently bugging his mother to let him drive to school,” said Dover police captain Tim Stump.
Witnesses say the boy pulled into the parking lot of W. Reily Brown Elementary in Dover, one-quarter of a mile from their home, with his mom in the passenger seat of her 1990 Toyota Corolla. The police report said “numerous children, parents, and school employees were present” when the car pulled in.
Oneal, 34, has since been released on $1,000 bail. “It was an absolutely irresponsible decision made by the parent to allow her 9-year-old to drive,” said Stump. “Not only is she putting her son at danger, but everyone else as well. It was just a poor decision.”
There’s a reason that God empowers parents with the responsibility to set boundaries for children; parents have a better grasp on what is healthy or safe. Saying “no” to our kids when necessary may not make us popular, but that’s not the objective.
Our “yes” or “no” should come from a genuine concern for the well-being of our children. That is, after all, God’s motives with us. Just as children can’t always know what’s best for them, we can’t always know what is best in a given situation.
When you ask God for something but get a “no” or “not yet” do you push ahead anyway or trust Him and wait?