As parents, we are entrusted with nourishing our children (physically, emotionally, spiritually). We quickly learn that we cannot control everything that goes on in their life, no matter how hard we try. We also learn that we cannot control everything that they do themselves. While we strive to instill the notion that they must be responsible for what they say and do and “face the consequences of their actions” the fact remains that they are still children, still developing and really not competent (in the eyes of justice) to understand the legal consequences. The question then, is how and to what extent can we (as parents, guardians, caretakers) be liable for the actions of our children. The “Kids & The Law: A-To-Z Guide For Parents” published by the State Bar of California helps answer that question. It addresses issues such as: curfews, emancipation, drugs and alcohol, dress codes, children’s privacy, truancy, juvenile court, crime and driving. (As a side note: for future age-based milestones, look at “When You Become 18: a Survival Guide” and “Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians.”
Attached are both the English and Spanish versions.
When you turn 18: A survival guide for teenagers… http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Pamphlets/WhenYouTurn18.aspx
Kids & The Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents… http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Pamphlets/KidstheLaw.aspx
KC Marie Knox, Esq.
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