He's all of 9.. ok almost 10 (on the 16th)...  he has been asking for a few months now to pump the gas, because it's "man's work" as he says.  Should I nurture his growing "manly" streak and start letting him pump gas occasionally or is that a bit much?  He's pretty mature for his age and loves doing things to help.

And I don't mean totally on his own, I'll still be standing there supervising. 

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 1:46 PM My son did that too.. I was always worried he would go over the amount I wanted/needed (had the cash for..lol)

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 1:49 PM while i was standing there waiting for the gas to fill the car one day, i did notice a sign saying "don't let your child pump gas" or something to that effect.  I think it had an age limit too.  check out the pump for that sign next time you are there.  i don't know what i'd do.  could go either way really.  i wouldn't let my son only cause the other 2 would want to join in too!

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 1:49 PM I would let him do it, you are right there with him, and he needs to learn how to do it. My four year old thinks that he will get to drive on his birthday "really fast"... so I can sympathize with them wanting to do things, you are not ready for them to do! :) lol!

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 1:50 PM

I don't see anything wrong with letting him do it, as long as you are there.  Let him get close to the amount that you want to put in and then take it away and finish it up.  That should make both him and you happy.  I know when I was that age, I wanted to pump the gas also, and that's what my father would do with me.

Have fun. 

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 1:52 PM Yep!  Let him do it.  It's great when children want to assume more responsibility and I think we should encourage it.  Just amek sure you stand there with him the first couple of times to make sure he's comfortable with doing it.

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 1:54 PM My brother starting pumping gas around 10. Is he your only child? My mother was more than happy to let him start pumping the gas. It is not exactly the most dangerous thing in the world unless he is on a cell phone. He can't really mess it up. You should probably cut your son some slack. Boys need to be boys it's their nature if you are trying to control how much of this streak he is allowed to embellish he is going to have issues when he gets older. You should definatly read the book Wild at heart it will def open your eyes. It's hard for us women to understand men and vise versa. You have to remember that you are raising a man. I am a complete stranger and I hope you don't get offended. Sometime we need to cut the apron strings. Teach him but dont control him. Danielle (Family counseler)sorry it just comes out

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 3:16 PM

I agree with the rest, let him do it but stay with him for the first couple of times.  Just think when it's really hot out you can stay in the car and let him pump same when it's cold out.


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Jan. 5, 2007 at 3:52 PM Thanks ladies, you all are wonderful.  No he isn't my only child, I have a 13 year old daughter who's very much the "girly girl" and would never dream of pumping her own gas... that's what guys are for LOL!!!  She fully intends to make her brother pump all her gas when she's 16 and gets a car (or thinks she'll get one at that age.. ha! )  Wink

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Jan. 5, 2007 at 11:53 PM

When I worked at a gas station we were told they had to be 16 , for safety reasons. One time a lady let her DD about age 8 pump and it backed up and sprayed all over her face :( The mom came in yelling and the managersaid thats why we have the sign. I took  the little girls into rest room and help her wash up b/c the mom didn't have time for the ambulance to come. I say just watch him carefully


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Jan. 6, 2007 at 12:25 PM My father had his own full service station until I was 12.  We couldn't pump the gas (age limit).  But we had to was all the windows and check the fluids & top them off for every car that pulled up to the pumps.....Nothing like a 10 yo asking what wt oil they should use to bring everything up to level.  Would you trust your son to check the oil/window wash, etc anytime he is with you?  Nice perk!

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