Is she too young? - FamilyEducation
Is she too young?
11/03/2012 at 16:55 PM

My daughter and her three friends and want to go on a trip this summer to Cedar Point in Ohio. It's about 3 hours and 45 minutes away from where we live. At the time of the trip, She will be 17, and her friends will be 18, 19, and 20. They all are smart and have good judgement,

Her friend who is 18 has gone to Germany without her parents, My daughter has been to France and Spain (which she worked, starting at age 15, to pay for with no assistance) without me, but those were trips through the school.

Her two older friends are in college and the one who is 20 is putting herself through and paying for her own apartment. Their parents are ok with them going.

Her friend who is 18's parents are close friends and are just as reluctant. We don't feel comfortable with the idea, but she hasn't done anything to make us believe she can't handle it.

Any suggestions?

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The two oldest will be driving, and both have made trips like this before.

My daughters went on "senior" trips with friends, even though they were both only 17 at the time and the youngest kids in their group. I felt it was a good dress rehearsal for going off to college, and it gave them a chance to take responsibility for the whole process-- the planning, budgeting, glitches and successes. I was very encouraged by how mature and responsible my daughters were, and I laughed to myself about the stuff that frustrated them (they definitely got a taste of their own medicine in some instances). It also taught them that being friends with someone can be a real challenge when you are with them 24/7 and have to share money, a room and keep harmony for an extended period. It changed their confidence level for the better! I say let her do it. She is friends with these people anyway. Trust her and your parenting that you've done up to now. She'll be off to college very soon and not asking if she can go, lol. Good luck!

If the group of kids are responsible then I say go for it. In less than a year from that she will be an adult and will be able to travel any where in the world she chooses. A trip like this is good practice for further responsibility down the road.