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.