When Pope Francis writes of a coming maturity, it seems to me he’s not just alluding to the growing maturity of our children. Do parents see their parenting as part of a mturing process for themselves? When we “rethink our own ideas,” do we not develop as God call us?
262. Were maturity merely the development of something already present in our genetic code, not much would have to be done. But prudence, good judgement and common sense are dependent not on purely quantitative growth factors, but rather on a whole series of things that come together deep within each person, or better, at the very core of our freedom. Inevitably, each child will surprise us with ideas and projects born of that freedom, which challenge us to rethink our own ideas. This is a good thing. Education includes encouraging the responsible use of freedom to face issues with good sense and intelligence. It involves forming persons who readily understand that their own lives, and the life of the community, are in their hands, and that freedom is itself a great gift.
For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.