Originally Posted by kathymuggle
They are not even allowed to drink in the USA until they are 21.
So I guess the law does not see them as complete adults.
Well, I think any age with the word teen in it means they're still teenagers.
You can drive at 16, or earlier, vote at 18, and drink at 21. I think the laws are a bit mixed up and if I was queen of the world... well, anyway...
My point is that I think being a teenager, young adult (early 20's) is a time of transition from childhood to adulthood and everyone develops at a different rate. I wouldn't call a 19 year old an adult (although legally they have adult rights, but then don't get me started on rights... ) and yes, many people are capable of raising children at that age or younger but I don't see how that is relevant to the OP.
I remember how stressed I was at 18-19 and lost and confused and had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up (I still don't) and how much pressure I felt, real or imagined, to figure it all out NOW. Then again, there was no internet when I was 18-19, yet I still found other outlets for procrastinating, delaying my education, not picking out my life goals and career choices in a timely manner, and all that. So are so many times throughout my adult life that I've said to myself, 'If only my parents hadn't put so many dang controls and rules on me and allowed me the time to figure myself out, and encouraged me to explore all possibilities other than the one path they thought I should take, then my life would be so different now....
So, I come from that perspective. I think it may be a good idea to sit down and discuss the amount of time he spends playing WoW because it truly can be an addiction, but I don't think his slump is cause to kick him out.