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    I too think 12/13... And I'm a little surprised at the 15/16 comment! Seriously By that age I would hope my children will be quite independent. I'd want to know who they were with and what they were doing but really they would be able to go do whatever (day time I'm talking!)

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    .... Never! Ok... Highschool. Over 13 tho... Maybe like... 18.


    K... 15... >_< *feels sick*


    Mumma to two beautiful boys on the spectrum and one special little girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooks View Post
    I too think 12/13... And I'm a little surprised at the 15/16 comment! Seriously By that age I would hope my children will be quite independent. I'd want to know who they were with and what they were doing but really they would be able to go do whatever (day time I'm talking!)
    I'm surprised too but I moved out of home at 17.

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    I'd say 12-13, but subject to the maturity of my son at the time, & also his friends!

    I'm also surprised at how many 15/16 responses there are -- my cousin is 16, & has never been allowed to do anything, he's so sheltered - & he's the most awkward immature kid I've ever known - has no social skills, no real friends, no sense of self & no idea about a world outside his parents strict rules, it's really sad....

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    Oh well.

    I have a legitimate reason to be concerned about my children.

    Each to their own.


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    I honestly couldn't pinpoint an age.

    It's going to depend on various other factors:

    Maturity of child, people attending with, pool rules, pool location (maybe sooner in our rural town than in a city), danger factors in 12+ years time when my boys are teenagers

    That being said I was driving a clapped out column shift bomb around our neighbors farm and swimming in a bottomless water hole at 13 - way more dangerous than hanging at the local pool with other adults around

    (Not meaning it's ok to use the pool as a babysitting service in any way but at least there are people there that know CPR and in my town if an adult saw us up to no good our parents knew before we even got home)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    Oh well.

    I have a legitimate reason to be concerned about my children.

    Each to their own.


    Mumma to two beautiful boys on the spectrum and one special little girl.

    A lot people don't get it. Each child is different and each situation is different just because your answer is different doesn't make it right or wrong.

    I know within my 6, they get to do things at different ages due to their different abilities.

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    @Zombie_eyes I wasn't pin pointing you in particular as you know I have nephews with autism so I know the rules are different.

    I'm just always surprised how people with very young children can say 15 or 16 for no other reason. As I said I'd moved out of home at 17 so I guess that's my bench mark. If my kids aren't ready I'm hardly going to force them to the pool alone. I just have a very open mind about these things.

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    My answer was 15/16 but it was a quick non thought out response.
    I was allowed to catch the train into the beach with school friends from year 8, I was 12 turning 13 and I think that was a good age.

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    My 12 year old and his friends go to the pool regularly without me, they ride their bikes there too. He's been doing this for almost 2 years, but it's close by and he's a good swimmer. The pool is very well staffed with Lifeguards as well.

    He loves his independence, I think it's important to let them spread their wings a bit, but that's just my opinion.. Each to their own and all.


 

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