Hey Mom and Dad: What Curfews Do You Set for Your Teens?
Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.
Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
Most teens love to stay out late with their friends, a habit upon which many parents prefer to keep a certain degree of limitations. Mom and Dad tend to know better about when their kids need to get some sleep, after all—and when there's liable to be less reason to be out. Which brings us to this week's question:
What curfews have you set for your teenage children, and how do you enforce them?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Velma Schwien: Mine has to be in front of the house at dusk...she is then allowed in front of the house until 9 p.m. on school nights then in and ready for bed...If she does not listen she looses privileges... —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Joy Holmes: My daughter is 15 and she usually dont stay out aft 10:00.. when she does I will let her as long as shes at a friends and I always pick her up.. im the driving mom.. I think hanging out late on streets is bad news. A lot has changed since we were young. I drive the kids everywhere all the time.. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Dan Lupescu: To anyone that thinks times are different, they are not. We just have more information available to us then ever before, and the media works to make us scared. That's not to say that picking your kid up from a friends house at night isn't a good idea, just that the only thing that has changed is now you are a parent of a child, instead of a child of a parent. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Jënni Sïmpsön: Old school style ~ Be in when the street lights come on —on Orland Park Patch Facebook
Faye Al Lawaisi: Enforce the curfew and hide the toilet paper as well....sick of seeing trees Tee Peed.... —on Tinley Park Patch Facebook
Bonnie Page Catlett: Although we live in Texas, Tinley is "home". I had to be home when the street lights come on. We don't have that problem here, in Dallas... The weather is terribly HOT that kids don't go out. In the winter season, curfew is at 6:00 pm. —on Tinley Park Patch Facebook
Jessica Lynne: up until i moved out over the summer my curfew was 9 or 10 during the week (depending on who i was with and what i was doing) and 11 on the weekends. i had enough respect not to break curfew so who knows how they would have punished me! —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
So what's your take? Tell us in the comments.