Jake and Nate have gained new levels of freedom this summer. I let them bike to the pool and spend a little time at home without me.
Jake will be 12 at the end of the week and the two of them together are fairly reliable. They have earned my trust and I think they are ready. So in the morning I take Max and Rebecca down to tennis lessons and 45 minutes later I call home to tell the boys to head on down.
They love their newfound freedom. Of course this could all change if they don't behave, but they are good boys and they know what I giveth I can also taketh away.
And I must say it is nice not having to schlep everybody back and forth to the pool.