I had a great conundrum today and thought of MDC right away. My DC is on an under 13 softball team. We got a weird rain delay/cancellation and there was a girl there who was planning on waiting until the scheduled end-time to get picked up, which may have meant waiting in the park, in the rain, with few people around.
I wanted to offer her a ride home but it occurred to me that driving a child who I had never even met is weird or taboo...or something?
I ended up calling her mom, who wasn't home. The girl's brother answered and I asked if he could give me permission to bring her home. He said no.
I'm not so much interested in hearing how you would have handled this (I found a parent who knew her better to give her a ride) but I am curious to know when a child is old enough to consent to a ride from an acquaintance. At 11 I would be pretty freaked out if my DC came home with someone I had never met.
But, I do think that at some point I will need to trust her to take rides from her friend/teammates parents and I know there is some point where I will feel fine with offering a ride to my DC's friend who I don't know well.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Thanks!