Teens on the beach and boards
How much freedom do you give a teen during summer vacation? Here's some advice from local parents:
Travel in loose groups: Go to the same boardwalk but let the teens go off on their own.
Have teens check in: Set a time for them to call you or return to a meeting place.
Nurture independence whenever possible: Let them pick places to eat sometimes; if you rent kayaks or bikes, let them have their own.
Develop a relationship with their employer: If your teen is still 14 or 15, give their boss a call once in a while to make sure everything is going well.
Give them responsibilities: Once they can work, let them be responsible for their own boardwalk money.
Always have them travel with a buddy: If they are on the boardwalk, and especially if they are swimming, make sure someone else is with them.
If there are responsible older teens in your family, let them supervise the younger teens at the boardwalk: This helps the younger teens feel independent and the older teens feel responsible.
Give them a little more independence every year: Make them aware that, for example, although this year they have to go to the boardwalk with their older sibling, next year they will be allowed to go with their friends.