My question to you moms of teens/preteens is how old should a kid be to be allowed to go to the movies with a friend and no parents along? This issue has come up recently and the first time I said "NO WAY!" I thought he was too young. The second time it came up, he lied to me about going to the movies. He said he was just going ove his friend's house to hang out. The mom asked me if I was "okay with the movies now!" No matter how many times they caught lying they still think they can get away with it, don't they?LOL
Am I setting him up to lie to me constantly? I've asked his friend's mom and she said 12yo is about average age to go out alone. I do let R ride to the pool by himself or to the store about 1/2 mile from home. We have walkie-talkies we use to keep in touch. But the movies? It's a 16 theater multi-plex with an archade in it too. What to you think? Am I still parenting a little 10yo boy? Do I need to relax? How much freedom is too much? I'm more worried about a predator getting him than his being irresponsible, actually. It's really a shame that we have to worry about what could happen to our kids these days, but I do.
Wow, I'm entering a whole new area of parenting. I didn't think it would happen so soon. I need some good advice from someone who's BTDT!