Joanne - posted on 03/27/2015 ( 21 moms have responded )
Hello moms, I am new here. I have two daughters ages 13 and 17. My questions for moms of teens is how much freedom should you give your kids? Personally, my kids have many freedoms. My oldest is driving and she's pretty much always gone, she doesn't have a curfew because she has proven that she's responsible enough to stay out unsupervised, but she always comes home at a reasonable time, say 10-11. She also has a boyfriend whom she's been dating for 2 years. At 17, I feel like being too strict is ineffective because they are pretty much old enough to make their own decisions. I still guide my daughter, of course. Just not as much as I would if she was younger. As for my 13 year old, she is never at home. She is into school activities, hanging out with friends, in a youth group, and she is also cheer leading. She has a curfew on school nights, 10 pm. On weekends she's usually at a friends house. I am a lenient parent. In today's society, teens are much more mature and experienced than teens back in the 60's. They know things that I didn't know when I was a teen. It's a new world, and teens should be prepared for it, in my opinion.