When do you start giving kids their independence?
I have a friend who still picks her sister up from school. She doesn't drive to pick her up, she just gets the bus over there and meets her. If their parents go away she has to stay home to 'look after her'.
Her sister is 16. She's a lovely girl, quite quiet and reserved, but it just seems a bit odd to me but perhaps it's because she isn't so confident. On the weekend she goes to her mums art class and they spend a lot of time together as a family.
I don't think something happened to make them extra protective of her, because I know my friend was much the same when she went to uni and her parents have said to my dad that my friendship and others have helped bring out her independence. I don't know if that's true or not, I suspect it was probably just university in general. But, I know I was walking to school alone/with friends by 10/11 and at 13/14 getting two buses by myself.
Do many of you guys still look after / pick up your 16 year olds? I'm not going to say anything, it isn't my place, but I'm curious.
Last edited by kat180; 07-04-2012 at 03:37 AM.