Are you worried about your kids heading off to schoolies? We've got some top tips to prepare you for your first schoolies experience.
As Year 12’s begin the countdown to their end of year celebrations, now is the time for parents to take an active role in their teen’s holiday planning and preparation to ensure they have a safe and fun experience.
With some simple preventive measures, parents can ensure their teen’s trip is as enjoyable as it safe with the help of these top tips from teen travel expert Jot Lynas.
1) Do your research: Google everything possible about the resort and travel provider that your teen has booked with. If you see any red flags, chat to your child about these concerns as a priority. Don’t forget to give a solution to any issue you raise as this is what you child will need to call upon if the time arises.
2) Confirm your trust: While you may have your doubts, confirming to your teen that you know they’re responsible and that you have high expectations of them will encourage them to try and keep this trust. Speaking openly and warmly will allow you to reach this place, rather than nagging, or enforcing your rules and expectations.
3) Talk to other parents: Remember that your teen is travelling with a group of friends, that means there are other parents in the same boat. Make the time to chat to these parents, find out if they’re on the same page as you and if they’ve also prepared their child. By all parents giving the same safety message you’re increasing the chances of the group listening.
4) Plan activities for you: The last thing you should be doing is sitting around wondering what your child is up to – it will drive you insane. Schedule a catch up with friends, plan to see a movie, or get out do something that you love. Either way make the most of your new-found free time!
5) Schedule updates: This is the chance for your teen to be independent so hounding them with phone calls every day won’t be received well. Communication doesn’t have to be via phone call – a text when they arrive followed by one scheduled quick chat midweek is enough. If you don’t hear from them on at the nominated time, then its ok to call and check all is ok.
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