My DS is 13 and was only allowed in town for the first time this summer, after a conflab with his friends' parents we decided that for a first time an hour was plenty. IMO boys are not such dedicated shoppers as girls and 1 hour is long enough to browse Game and Topman, after that boredom can lead to mischief?
LOL @ my DS going in to Topman! That'll be the day.
Well, he was fine...I was in town shopping the whole time, as was DH (in his office). He bought 3 palystation games for £5.
It's a small town, and several children from his class live very close to the town centre, so he bumped into them and compared pund land purchases.
He was alone for a total of 1 1/2 hours in the end.
I know what you eman about mischief. DS1 is very sensible with tons of common sence. DS2 is a completely different character, and it's going to be tricky when he's 10 explaining why he can't be alone in town if he wants to. <<sigh>>
No she didn't wait - he did look hopefully into the bandstand as it was raining, but she's already gone into the shopping centre. He binped into her later though, and she wasn't too impressed with him. Good Girl!
His attituede bought back lots of memories for me of teenage boys being crap. I think I'm going to have to address this in the future, and I'm not having my sons treat girs dreadfully, even if they don't realise they are doing it.