My eldest son is seven and a half years old, and the battle between mom and son right now is control vs. independence. I want to keep the control and he wants all the independence!

Can he go into the refrigerator and get a snack without asking? Do I let him ride his bike way down the street without me? These are some of the questions I ask myself.
As a mom it is hard to release that control, but I must trust that I have trained him to make good choices.  And if I am going to continue to train him, I must teach him to realize that there are consequences to poor choices. And in order for that to happen, I will have to allow him some of that independence.
I am still in process about where to draw the line and where to release the reigns, but Lord willing I will have it all figured by the time my three-year-old turns seven.
But it’s a process.