Remember to spy (physically go through your child’s things) only if they give you reason to believe that they could be in harm’s way. If your child is willing to talk openly about what is going on in their life then you should avoid going through their things and listen. Spying in this way should only be done as a last resort. Following your child around in an unmarked car is less meddlesome than ransacking your child’s belongings. Your child will not be too offended by this gesture, just a bit freaked out. So it is always okay to follow your child if you suspect something is wrong.
This way there are no distractions or disruptions for the child to encounter. The child is better able to concentrate in familiar surroundings. It is reassuring for the parent in knowing that the child is actually learning the proper lessons and values that they want to pass on. The child is thus shielded from potentially negative influences in a school setting where, sadly, we often here in the news tragic instances of bullying, for instance.
Find out about the employer. Before your teen accepts a job, find out as much as you can about the potential employer and the workplace. You should try to drop by the workplace casually and take note of how the manager treats the employees and whether safety precautions are being followed.
Just make sure that you don’t turn into one of those nagging parents who can’t cut the parental umbilical cord, otherwise you run the risk of never getting your messages returned. There’s a fine line between keeping in touch and being overbearing. Make sure that you keep on the right side of it.
Teach good hygiene. If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to start teaching your child the importance of good hygiene, especially in public. Frequent hand washing, especially after playing outside or engaging in messy school activities (like art and shop projects), and always after using the restroom, will go a long way toward protecting your child from infection. Teaching them to cover their mouths and nose when coughing or sneezing is not just good manners, it helps keep us from infecting others.
The place itself can be a boon to your child. Many young kids about town are green about natural beauty. While in the open fields the teens appreciate nature, watch wildlife and handle demanding physical duties which improves their self esteem and build their muscles.
What a difference 30 years makes! Anything and everything is available, whether you’re into tenting, travel trailers, fifth wheels, Class C or Class A motor homes, the amenities available in the rigs and in the campgrounds are endless. One of the amenities that manufacturers have accommodated us with is the kitchen. No longer are you required to cook hot dogs over the fire or set up the Coleman stove on the picnic table, although it is still fun to do on occasion. Now we can cook full course meals and bake to our hearts content in the warmth and comfort of our climate controlled camper.
It is important to teach the child to finish his school work in a timely manner.You need to expect work from him, and he needs to know that it is expected of him. Work is in fact a frame of mind. So using this balance of play and work, make his work pleasant so that it seems more like play.