When children start getting older, it’s only natural that you’d want to give them more freedom. After all, you want to make sure that they can have fun with their friends and really stretch their wings. But at the same time, it’s important to keep some of the ground rules firmly in place. You don’t want to just open the doors and let your child run wild, after all. It can end in a whole lot of problems that you’d rather not have.
Getting Into Trouble
For one thing, kids who don’t have a curfew tend to get into trouble. It may not be serious trouble like drugs or shoplifting, but they tend to do dumb things because they’re kids who think those dumb things are fun. Someone can easily get hurt because they’re doing something that they’re not supposed to do or worse, perform acts against the law. Even unintentionally, it’s possible to get into serious trouble just from being out late. By implementing curfew, you can reduce the chances of troubles and problems with kids being out at night.
Keep Rules Important
You need to have a curfew so that your child will understand the concept of rules. If your household has very few rules, make sure that these are strictly followed. Having a curfew, even for a good kid that you know won’t get into trouble, can still help them understand that there are always going to be rules and they need to make sure they follow those rules. You may set a later curfew, knowing that your child will still do what they are supposed to do, but having that curfew is a good discipline and responsibility type of standard.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Children, even teens, need about 8 hours of sleep each night. If they don’t get enough sleep, it can interfere with their daily life including their school and social life. You need to make sure that your child is getting the right amount of sleep which leads you to set up a “be home by this time” curfew. Your child also has to get to bed at a certain time so that he can be ready for school early the next morning.
Exceptions to the Rule
There can be some exceptions to the rule. Maybe you have a curfew of 11 pm, but your child wants to go to a 10 pm movie and won’t be back by curfew time. If this type of thing is fine with you, then, make sure that you implement a rule where they must check in with you before making these kinds of changes or decisions. It is not an absolute exception and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
No matter what, your children are the most important beings to you and taking care of them includes implementing a curfew that keeps them in the house when they need to be. Getting the right amount of sleep and staying out of trouble is very important so that they can grow up to be well-rounded adults. Staying out at night whenever they want to is definitely not going to help with this, so make sure that you talk to them about the importance of a curfew and give them input on what and how it’s going to be.…