My son will be 14 years old this week. He is an only child unfortunately. He was born 2 months premie and a multitude of problems. One condition is Aspergers Syndrome, which is a form of high functioning autism. This of course has lead to many challenges over the years with him, however you can look at him and not have a clue that anything is different.

Now at 14, he is showing more independence, wants to go more places alone, hang out with kids from school that I haven't met and I'm not comfortable with this at all.

At what point do you loosen up the reigns? There is still the risk of his inability to make proper decisions with his health condition. I do want him to be as normal as possible, but also don't want to risk him getting with the wrong crowds.

Cheryl