Imagine you are walking out of your house to go hangout with your friends. On your way out, you shout out to your parents that you are leaving. You hear a reply back saying, “Be home by 11:30!” You think to yourself “11:30?! It’s a Saturday night, and I have to be home by 11:30?” Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever had controversial talks with your parents about your curfew? I talked to a few students on what they thought was the best curfew for them. London Carr, a senior, told me that “my parents never set” an established curfew and says she really just has a lot of free reign. Another teenager, Addison Cromar, said that, “My mom usually stays up for me, and my curfew changes from 11:30-12 almost every weekend.” So what is the answer?
According to Karen Gill from Healthline, parents need to establish a good curfew for their children for multiple reasons. Communication is key when it comes to a parent’s relationship with their teenager. Gill said, “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 years old need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep per day.” Making sure you still have a good curfew for your teenager, and making sure they get enough sleep was the top concern for parents when it came to setting the clock for when they come home. Many teenagers say that parents should “loosen up” and remember when they were a teenager when establishing a curfew for their children. I had Peyton Meyer tell me that he “wished his parents” would give him more freedom to be a kid. So what’s your opinion? Do you think kids should be out all night? Or do you think that there should be a set curfew? Until next time Chargers.