and my older son will be getting one soon. But of course I am a nervous wreck when the kids aren't with us or a friend's parents.
Last year my oldest (she's 13 now) went to the beach a few times with just her friends. Now this year she wants to head out on her own. Jumping on her bike a riding off. Part of me wants to let her and part of me says "No way". She's pretty responsible, the places are safe, and I'm just a phone call/5 minute drive away. Of course since she wants to my step-daughter and my oldest son want to also.
I really wish that these kind of parenting decisions were in a manual. It would be great to just look up the "right" age to let your kids become more independent. Then I wouldn't be sitting here wrestling with myself, do I or don't I say yes. Wondering if they'll be safe. If they'll make it there and back without mishap. And don't even get me started on my fear of them being kidnapped. So of course there's lots of negatives, but there is also the positives. Letting them go out on their own teaches them responsibility. They get to actually do all the safety stuff we've been teaching them for years. This is just one more step along the path of becoming independent adults.
So what's a mom to do?
Being the semi-cautious mom that I am. I decided for now, they may head out either with each other or with friends. Call me a worrier, I just feel that they will be safer together or in a group. I did however tell them we might be able to renegotiate later in them summer. After I've had a chance to see how they do with their freedom.