dancing_echoes wrote:guitargirl wrote:OK question (possibly a stupid one) for you ladies across the pond.
I know that you guys can't legally drink until you are 21, and the age of consent for sex varies depending on where you live, but at what age are you considered an adult?
Here in the UK we can have sex at 16, and can both drink and vote from the age of 18. Therefore we are considered an adult, and at 18 years old I was definitely treated like an adult and made my own decisions. Here, after a person has turned 18, schools have to contact the student if they are not happy with progress, and not the parents.
Firstly THIS article about the teen suing her parents confuses me.
Her dad refers to her as a child ('we have a child and we want her home') yet she has turned 18. Also, in Twilight, Charlie grounds Bella after she has turned 18 (which I always thought odd) and in many recent YA books the parents often lay down the law (and often ground or make demands) to what I would consider an adult.
I was wondering whether I'd assumed that our 'coming of age' was the same when in fact it may not be. Can someone please enlighten me?
Ugh that selfish beyotch. Personally if my kid were 18 and left home they'd be cut off. I really, really hope that this does not get ruled in her favor.
As a non-parent my opinion may be off, but I consider anyone over 18 an adult. However, so many people that age still live at home with their parents that I do think the parents have the right to say "my house, my rules". That's just common courtesy IMO. And if you don't like the rules, get the eff out and get a damn job and pay your own way.
I agree. So it's the same both sides of the Atlantic then really. My parents didn't set any rules once I was 18, but I pitched in with the chores and paid my way so there was never any problems. This girl sounds like an entitled madam doesn't she? I was just confused as he referred to her as a child and thought it may have been 21. Thanks!