Journal Entry # 1 – Marcela

September 4, 2008

Marcela: I think the american law that mandates all children under the age of 13 be suppervised all day is a little strange. The childreen are not suppose to be alone any moment of the day and I think this hurt the childreen’s independence in life. A 12 years old kid has already a konwledge of what is right or wrong, or what can or can’t be done. I think this law is effective for childreen under 8 years old, for example, that don’t know what they are doing. Kids must have more freedom.

Rick: But what is something happens to the child who is, let’s say, 10 years old? Who should be responsible for the consequences? Also, I have met several 9 and 10-year-olds who should not be left alone for one single second so immature they were. What are we supposed to do with something like that?

Marcela: A child who is already 10 years old, must have the education to know what is the right thing to do. But, on the other hand, I agree with you, Rick. There are several 9 and 10 year-olds kid that are too immature and should not be left alone. Depends on the kid. The parents have to know if their son or daughter is responsible enough to be left alone home for just a few moments.



  1. I think that you are right Marcela depends on the kid. For example, I know children 10 year-olds that are so responsible and will never do something wrong, but there are some children who are so carzy that can destroy the whole house.

  2. Gabriela: Marcela I agree with you, I think childrens with 13 years old should have more freedom, to grow up more independent. But if they are like 9 years old, I think they have to be suppervised because they’re too young to be alone in the house, and if they do something wrong, nobody is going to be there to clean up their mess. So I guess the parents have to know when they can live their sons alone.

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