When is a Child an Adult?

Wife made an odd, but perhaps, given the culture where she comes from, not surprising comment this morning, the day son turns 21.

She said that while at 21, a person here is considered an adult, in Japan they’d still be considered children.

Certainly turning 21 does not mean one is full of all the worldly wisdom they need for life, but you have to draw a line somewhere and let the younger ones go out on there on and experience the good and the bad.

 

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4 Responses to When is a Child an Adult?

  1. mizunogirl says:

    I would say 21 is more than an adult, because legally, since age 18, your child has actually had to sign all sorts of papers for his or her own medical treatment, and as a Nurse, I have not been allowed to discuss his or her medical care with parents without that child’s permission. plus they have the legal right to vote, just not to purchase alcohol. That said, I think everyone still needs their parents….right up until the day they have to say good bye to them.

  2. “Certainly turning 21 does not mean one is full of all the worldly wisdom they need for life, but you have to draw a line somewhere and let the younger ones go out on there on and experience the good and the bad.”

    You are right. Although one will always be his parent’s children that doesn’t prevent him from entering into adulthood.

  3. “…let the younger ones go out on there on and experience the good and the bad.” — That is something best begun long before age 21! It should begin by the time they enter kindergarten so that by the time they’re 21, they’re well-established in their autonomy.

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