Teenagers pose many dilemmas for parents, and one of the biggest is determining how much freedom to allow.
“There’s such a fine line—they have one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood, so you can’t completely trust their decision-making. And yet, you need to allow them some independence because in a very short time, they will be adults,” says George Karonis, a location-based services specialist. “And, let’s be honest, life is better when your teen is happy. It’s nice to see them looking forward to something like a friend’s party or a weekend camping trip.”
Yet figuring out how to balance their need for a measure of freedom and independence against a parent’s concern for safety can be difficult. “It is important for teens to be social, but as teenagers, they have a tendency to test their boundaries, which can lead to trouble. The good news is, there are ways to give your teen the freedom that he or she needs, and still maintain the peace of mind you require,” Karonis says.