10 "Must Discuss" Items Before Your Teen Heads Off on Spring Break

Before spring break, have a serious discussion about safety with your teen.

Plan ahead

by Maya Cohen

Spring break is no longer just for college students. This annual ritual has trickled down to high-schoolers, many of whom are now attending parties and vacations without adult supervision. Before your teen heads off for fun in the sun, make sure you have an in-depth discussion involving safety and rules.

1. Help your child research and plan his trip.

This spring break, the best way to stay in-the-know is to stay heavily involved in planning the vacation. Make sure that you review your child's travel and board arrangements, and offer him tips for making smart decisions. If your child is traveling with a group of friends, stay in touch with the other parents to confirm that you are all on the same page.

2. Ensure that your teen will be accessible by telephone or email.

Provide your child with a cell phone or phone cards, and settle on specific times when you expect him to check in with you. Many kids are excited by the prospect of shedding parental supervision during spring break, but they need to realize that their parents still hold them accountable. Make it clear to your child that you expect him to report on his daily activities and whereabouts. Additionally, make sure you have all of the travel data and hotel contact information, as well as the phone numbers of your kid's travel buddies, in case you cannot reach your child.

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