You are raising DAOs - decentralized autonomous organisms
While enjoying a meal at a restaurant my friend's husband, familiar with decentralized structures, remarked that I'm raising DAOs - decentralized autonomous organism - after my kid just ordered a drink for his daughter without asking for permissions. It was a hint to my involvement in DAOs, the crypto type, decentralized autonomous organization.
I value my kids independence. Without it, I'd go insane. When visiting my dad asked how often I'm afraid that I'll lose one of them. I smiled, unsure what to say. I temporary lost one kid the night before. She run away angrily. I found her in front of our front door. A mum from her football club was with her. Dare I to say that this wasn't the first time that I couldn't tell you where she is?
We function on trust and my stability. I trust them to come back when we agreed that they should come back. The two oldest are learning to manage their time and use the phones for more than chatting with their friends. The two youngest know where our spot is on the beach and that I'll be there - (im)patiently waiting for them.
There is a sense of pride that my kids, and through this our family, are described as DAO. Of course, not everything is decentralized. There is no shared treasury (yet), and not every decision or activity is put up for a vote.