Originally Posted by darknessofheart
Exactly and Ben was treated like a simple kid; that's why he was always seen as one. No one trusted him, put faith in him, nor trained him because everyone saw him as a burden to begin with. Clem was taught by Lee, developed relationships with him and the group, and was treated to be much more than just a girl.
Age has nothing do with it unless that's how they were treated and that's the case with Ben; Chuck saw it the moment he met him. Had he received the proper training, was given missions to actually aid the group, and was encouraged, he would've been more than just a kid. Ben always tried to go on more dangerous missions, but he was always met with "No, you'll only slow us down."
Ben wasn't treated like a kid. He was given pretty mature tasks, but because he botched them and was demoted to babysitting duty and he fucked that up. He was never treated like a kid, otherwise, Kenny, Lilly, and Lee wouldn't have wanted to kill him.