Teach Your Teen the Check-In Rule

You want to give your teen independence so they learn how to become a responsible adult but worry because they may engage in risky behaviour. The Check-In Rule solves this problem. Tell your teen they need to check-in with you regardless of the time they come home. Not only does it give you peace of mind to know they’re home, but it gives your teen a get-out-of-peer-pressure free card by providing a built-in excuse. “My parents have a check-in rule, so they’ll smell the alcohol on my breath if I drink. I can’t risk being grounded.” Win-win.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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