Monday, April 26, 2010

don't turn my kid into a mall rat!

Thanks to the social networking site that starts with an F and ends with a K, I learned that my daughter, over the weekend, spent hours unsupervised at the mall.  
She was spending the night with a friend.  The parent in charge dropped the two girls off to meet up with several other friends.  Together they roamed the mall with no parent keeping them in check.  Age?  12.

  I don't like for my older teenager to do this.  I think malls are a hotbed of materialism.  What they don't see they won't be tempted to buy.  But mostly I worry about perpetrators lurking.  And the temptation to shoplift, which common sense tells me probably increases the longer kids are left on their own.  

I can hardly believe that so many parents dropped their kids off and agreed to this arrangement.  Am I over protective? Out of touch?  A fuddy-duddy mom?  I let my kids take long walks in the woods behind our house... I let them ride their bikes and wander around the neighborhood without supervision.  But the mall?  

Is it just me?  
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7 comments:

s said...

I think 12 is too young to be left unsupervised at a mall. Had a parent been available in the same building, just letting the kids wander a bit would have been ok in my opinion. But to drop them off and leave? Not so good.

Carmen said...

Not to mention the temptation to chug 3 Orange Julius-es, get my Biorhythm taken at a kiosk, play hours of Frogger, sneak into a matinee of Grease (for the 10th time) and get high huffing scratch-n-sniff stickers at Spencers. That's what I did when left at the mall at age 12. Ah, the memories.

CSY said...

No - you're NOt alone. I wouldn't let my 13 yr old wander the mall alone...she's ALWAYS with me! Of course, I HATE the mall anyway so she never goes unless I do...

MellJBrown said...

I used to spned time with my friends "unsupervised" at the mall when I was that age and it never led me to shoplift or whine for my parents to buy me things. In fact I've was never the type to ask my parents to buy me things and don't undertsnad when I see teenagers who do. we didn't always behave as kids should but we were'nt terrorizing the public or breaking the law. we just had fun.
I mean, how much trouble can someone get into at the mall?

OyaSophia said...

I worked at a children's home when I was in my twenties. One of the young girls (Lisa Ann Millican) I worked with was taken from a mall and murdered. I will NEVER get over it. DO NOT leave your children unsupervised at the mall.

Riley said...

I work in a mall at a luxury gift store and to the commenter who asked how much trouble kids can get in at the mall? A LOT. We consistently have products that are often worth over a few hundred dollars destroyed by unattended children. And if we call security or tell the children to leave then their parents come back and scream at US for not watching THEIR children.

Anonymous said...

wow, your kid(s) must hate you. it's just a mall, and 12 years old is old enough not to have your parents breathing down your neck. it's a mall, not a crack den.