Depends on the kid. My kids have no interest, but if my kid were like Abby and Zac Sunderland then yeah, I would. They were well trained, knowledgable, and capable.That's not to say I wouldn't worry if my kid was out there. I most certainly would! I worried when my kid wanted to cross the street and later the town by himself too, but I still let him go because I knew he was ready and capable.
Have people totally forgotten that just a few decades ago and throughout history "kids" this age were considered adults and had adult responsibilities, families, etc.? People complain because most teens sit around playing video games and never do anything worthwhile, but when a teen actually prepares for and pursues a dream, people have a fit because it's not safe. I just don't get it. Driving isn't safe either. Teens die EVERY DAY in car accidents. Doesn't mean I'm not going to let my son do it when he's ready.
at 10:29 PM on Jun. 23, 2010