almost teenage boy

Liz - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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How much freedom should my son have? He has many friends that love to go to the YMCA or the nearby pizza place but they also like to walk all over town until after dark. They arent causing trouble, just walking and talking. It makes me nervous, I trust my son but I also feel he needs to be off the streets after dark. What do you moms out there do about curfews for a 12 year old. Do I make him be home before dark? I sometimes think that the parents of the other children don't care about what their children are doing or maybe it is ok for him to be out with friends at night. I just don't know what to do.

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Annette - posted on 04/21/2010

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At the age of 12, a child should not be out after dark by themselves. I think it would be reasonable for you to make sure your son is home before dark. As for the other children, invite them over to your house after dark. You can't control what other parents do with their children, but I can see how frustrating it can be.

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