How often have you, as parents, asked your older children this question?
When my children were in middle high school, whenever they went to a friend’s place for party I would normally ask for the address and phone number and ask about the time I could expect them back home. If they were to be back later than the agreed time frame, they needed to either call or text home to let us know.
Why is this important?
This is teaching your children to be responsible for themselves and to be respectful of the people at home.
I explain to my children that it is perfectly fine with me what time they get home, but they must let us know the time. It is not that we are trying to control or restrict their socialising. I explain to them that if they are not back home at the time they were supposed to be, and we have not heard from them, then we can take action to follow up just in case they have trouble getting home. There could be no more trains or buses, or the designated driver had already gone. We are doing this out of love and concern of their well being. Give it a GO!
I’d love your thoughts on this topic.