It actually kind of is a "magical" number. The world/America sees you as an adult, 18 is the age that we are considered "adult." Whether or not his maturity level limits that is subjective, but according to the law, he's an adult.Internetchick
I must disagree. As long as I continue to provide heat, lights, gas, food, and shelter, it is my business and will continue to be my business as long as I take care of him. What he does when he leaves my house is another story. But he will not graduate from high school for another 2 years, so its not like he is going off on his own any time soon.
I asked this question on another board and some of the responses were the same as yours. I dont get washing hands of your kids just because they turn 18. It really isnt a magical number and all of a sudden all your decisions are your own.
Of course, you can restrict him to not go, etc, however, if he does go on his own accord, he is an adult. Of course, you aren't "washing your hands" of your child, but you also have to realize that at some point, he will need to make his own choices and mistakes. You do pay for his home/roof, food, etc. But, as an adult, he's also capable of getting his own place and paying for those things on his own.
I don't see the big deal going to a strip club for an 18 year old boy, but that's just me.