G - posted on 07/08/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have an 18 year old son that would like to take his brother (my 10 year old) to a very large water park about 30 minutes away. My older son doesn't drive so one of his friends would take them all. My 18 year old is not responsible. He barely passed high school (I know school isn't for everyone) but he's also never held a job and doesn't help with ANY chores around the house. He isn't a bad kid, he just is somebody who acts first and then thinks later. I worry that my younger son will be with a group of 18 year olds. Some of my fears are: my older son will see a cute girl and leave my younger son alone while he gets a phone number or not stay with his younger brother at all times. I could see my older son getting talked into going on a ride for just a few minutes while the younger one is alone. Just last week a convicted child molester was arrested at this park. For as irresponsible that the older son is - the younger one is extremely responsible - an old soul. He "gets" things that his older brother doesn't. My husband is only concerned about him being driven there by our older sons friends -- not what will happen in the park.
My question is -- do I let the 10 year old go? I don't want to be over-protective but I also don't want to put him in a situation that would worry me to death. I know he is responsible and disappointed -- am I being overly protective??