Yes, I guess that is true. I was just looking at the OP:
i did not realise a librarian would allow a 9 year old to attend a book club by herself. i always associate alone with 12 year old.
i am not objecting. i am just fine with it.
how would you feel if they said a 9 year old could stay in the library alone? irrespective of whether your child is ready or not.
I guess i am just stuck in my assumption that the progression would be:
1) Child is only "okay" with parents
2) Child is "okay" with other adults
3) Child is "okay" alone/responsible for self
I'm surprised that someone would be okay with #3 and be suprised at the concept of #2 happening for the same aged child. Perhaps I'm just too wrapped up in the "schooled" mindset of thinking that if you are willing to leave your child 6-7 hours a day with an adult, why wouldn't you leave that same aged child for an hour with an adult for a class (or book club). Because most children do go to school, I think it would be a fairly normal/obvious thing to be "okay" with for an older than school aged child.
Still can't get my mind around leaving an under 9 year old for hours home alone but being shocked at having a child that age in a class without a parent. (If I could find the shrug smilie, I would put it here--- I'm obviously just missing something/ not getting something/ way off on my thinking, lol)