Took DD to the doctors this morning because she was suffering from intense period cramps that were managing to make her legs freeze and almost faint on a walk to the shops. When I got to the sugery however I noticed a big sign at the entrance to the offices saying "Once your child reaches the age of 13 they reserve the right to ask you to leave the office during an appointment; your child then reserves the right to accept or deny treatments or medications; and if the surgery feels your child under 16 is mature enough to understand the consequnces they are legally allowed to recieve birth control without your knowledge". Now my DD is 21 and I completely agree for her - but this got me thinking, Is this "right"? Do you allow your children/teens to go to the doctors without you (or DH)? The doctor asked my 9YO DS the other day if he needed me to leave the room and I said "I'm not going anywhere". The doctor was pissed at me before he looked at DS's file and realized he was 9 not older. So what would you do if your doctor asked you to leave the room during your kid's appointment or gave your kid birth control without your permission?
To those of you that have said "not till (insert age)" What would be your reaction if your child either went to the doctors without your permission, OR when the doctor asked your child if they wanted you there they said "no"?