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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-20-06 04:56 PM
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215. no, some of them are mature enough to have sex when
Edited on Thu Apr-20-06 04:57 PM by tigereye
they are 16. It's quite common in Europe for teens to be allowed to have boyfriends or girlfriends over to sleep in their bedrooms, whether we agree with it or not. Parents can't really force adolescents to do anything- and I don't know if they can INSIST that their kids not have sex. How is that going to happen? They have to raise them to make reasonable choices. I have seen a lot of teens in my work who definitely need more supports and limits, but some of them are mature enough to make their own choices and many parents will support that in the hopes that they will be sensible. That's part of maturity.

You said, "the thought that you think children have the means and maturity to judge certain things for themselves scares the living hell out of me!"

I don't understand why it scares you so much. There are some adolescents who do have the means and maturity. Parents give them the limits and tools to make those right choices and at some point, they will.

I wasn't kidding. Some aspects of your argument devolve into a very controlling place that makes me very uncomfortable.
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