There is nothing scarier for many parents than having to let go of the invisible ties that kept their child by their side and in their sight at all times. Letting go can be worrisome for parents, but by giving your children small tastes of personal freedom, they will be more prepared for adulthood. Since the years are going to start flying by, it is imperative that you take action now.
Give your children the little bit of freedom that they need, but do so in a manner where you will still be somewhat in control of things – even if it is from a distance.
Install An Advanced Home Security System
As your kids get older, they are going to be able to stay home alone. This might be when they first get home from school or while you have to run some evening errands. Either way, you can protect them and the entire family by having an advanced security system installed in the home.
With some of the high-tech features that are now available with a lot of the security systems, you can access the camera footage in real time from your own personal smartphone. This way, you can simply log in any time of the day or night, just to get a sneak peek at the kids to see how they are doing. That extra bit of peace of mind will go a long way for you!
Add Internet Restrictions On Their Cell Phones
Too many parents forget that when they are setting up restrictions on the home computer so their children cannot access bad websites, they need to also do this to any cell phone the children use. This way, you can give them access to the cool phone that they have been wanting forever, but you will not have to worry as much about them having unlimited access to graphic material.
There are also cellular applications you can use that will allow you to strictly monitor the calls and texts made to and from their phone. This is a key to allow your children the ability to make the right decisions and to act maturely with their phone while being able to stop a potentially dangerous situation in its tracks if it ever came to that.
Allow Them To Go Off On Their Own
Whether it is down the street to the park or over to a friend’s house, as your children grow older, they need to be allowed to go places without you. However, to help ease your mind while giving them this freedom, you can make it clear the time you expect them to be home. Otherwise, you will call the authorities on them and that might cause them to be a tad embarrassed in front of their friends. This may help reinforce the curfew rule.
Also, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you will want to have flexible curfew rules as long as your child is showing maturity and respect towards those rules. This will help your children learn how to manage their time and responsibilities better. You can also activate a tracking app on their phone. This way, should your children become missing, as long as they still have their phone with them, you will be able to find them.
While you might feel that you need to take it slow as first, the more you let go and give some freedom to your children, the better it will feel.