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?