What can you legally do at 16?
Jul04

What can you legally do at 16?

My biggest boy turned 16 last week. It’s a pretty big milestone. Although still legally a child, there’s a lot of pretty adult stuff you are actually allowed to do at 16 (including unfortunately pay adult entrance fees into most places). Some of this stuff can only be done with parental consent and some of it without. As a parent, I’m not sure if I’m happy or ready for my son to do some of these things....

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Crime, law and order
Mar18

Crime, law and order

Crime is something which doesn’t happen to us. It is committed by other people to other people. That makes it endlessly fascinating, scary and mysterious to my kids… LG age 4 1/2: Will any of us ever go to prison? LG age 4 3/4: What are robbers? Are they people? Can they fly? B1 age 9 1/2: If you were a robber, and you were robbing a school, why wouldn’t you steal all the small things like footballs? B1 age 9 1/2:...

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Some matters of law and order
Aug31

Some matters of law and order

This is my kids’ attempt to unravel the dark mysteries of crime, law and order. Crime and criminals are in equal parts scary and intriguing for kids. Most pre-school kids don’t even really believe criminals exist. LG was 4 1/4 when she asked all of these. LG: Are robbers actually from this country? LG: How do the police know if someone’s been naughty? LG: People who go to jail, do they stay there forever? LG: If you...

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