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Teenage boys and space

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minimoo72 Sat 27-Dec-14 22:18:17

Hi quick thought how much free space to give your son of nearly 16
I le my boy have quite a lot of freedom ie stay out late or last minute decision crash at mates. Does this make me a bad mum

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Dec-14 22:22:07

Not sure what you are asking TBH.

ssd Sat 27-Dec-14 22:40:09

what do you mean op?

SueDunome Sat 27-Dec-14 23:10:13

It depends how trustworthy you think he is but, at 16, he's nearly an adult.

ds is fairly independent - takes a train to nearest large town to take his girlfriend out for a meal on an evening, etc. He goes to occasional parties, bit not really a regular. He went to Glastonbury with his friends and survived and, as far as I know, acted responsibly.

chocoluvva Sun 28-Dec-14 00:14:57

From the age of about 14 I try to give them as much freedom as possible (safe). If they want to do something and I don't like the thought of it I try to find a compromise or question what it is I don't like.

IME teenagers who have very strict parents are more likely to go mad when they leave home.

cleo14 Sun 04-Jan-15 20:29:46

I agree with chocoluvva post above

bigTillyMint Mon 05-Jan-15 10:38:33

What Chocoluvva said.

mamawitch Sat 10-Jan-15 13:27:44

My eldest DS is 16 he was out at a party last night and text me to say he was staying at his friends there are 2 girls 2 boys in their little friendship group I know they are all good kids yeah they drank alcohol but they were very responsible and I agree that if you feel they are trust worthy you should let them off the reigns a little

CalicoBlue Sat 10-Jan-15 13:52:18

I give my Ds 17 a lot of freedom. He does not have a time to be home by, can stay at friends and stays at his gf house too. Because he has so much freedom he does not go out very much. As I am happy for his friends to come here, they do rather than go out.

As Choccoluvva says, they need to learn how to handle freedom and make choices.

LynetteScavo Sat 10-Jan-15 13:58:57

It depends where they are, which mates they are staying with.

If it was one of DSs best friends I'd be totally happy with him staying over if it wasn't a school night.

If he was staying out late at a friends house, or a party I wouldn't have a problem if I knew where he was and what time he was coming home.

He went to Glastonbury with his friends and survived and, as far as I know, acted responsibly - Of course he didn't - but he came home in one piece, which is what matters. grin

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