It’s almost Easter! Which means you just have a few more days to go before the spring break ends. And if you happen to be a parent to a teenager, trust me, we understand your pain especially during this time of the year. Because this is the time where you try to figure out what’s worse: kids staying in the house or kids staying outside the house.
Fear not, struggling parent. We’ve put together the only survival guide you’re going to need to get through this Easter break unharmed. Here’s what you have to do.
Plan Out Activities in Advance
I’m not the biggest fan of preplanning, but if you’ve got kids that want their spring break to be eventful, it is going to be worth it. Sending your kids to spring camp? Taking the family on a tropical vacation? Stopping by the national park as always? List down all these activities and prepare a schedule. This way, you won’t have to spend your time worrying where your kids are.
Keep a Log of all Festivities Happening Around You
This is also that time of the year when music and spring festivals are happening all around you. All the cools kids go to these. So why wouldn’t your kids want to go? The only problem is that these festivals harbor a sort of, shall we say, drug culture. And you wouldn’t want your kids around that. So keep a log of all music and spring festivals that are happening around your area. Then use parental tracker to make sure your kids aren’t sneaking off to them.
Track All Your Phones, Gadgets to Avoid Losing Them
If you happen to stop by any of the local festivities as a family, install trackers in all your gadgets. It is super easy to lose your stuff in crowds like these. Especially when half your time is spent trying to get all your family in one place. It is also going to help you find your kids in case they get lost.
Don’t be Tempted to Overshare on Social Media
So you’re probably be visiting a lot of places with your children around the Easter time. But whatever you do, don’t be tempted to share your location any time you go to a new place. I think we’ve shared enough oversharing horror stories with you in the past. But really, we cannot emphasize this enough. Don’t overshare, but more importantly, don’t let your kids overshare.
Be a Vigilant Parent
You are going to have to step up your monitoring game this Easter break. Mostly because this time has a bit of a reputation for causing reckless behavior among teens, especially when it comes to underage drinking. I suppose it is the sense of freedom or a loss of inhibition that drives that. But you’re going to have to be more vigilant than usual.
And pro tip, plan a quite night in for the Easter weekend. Have fun with the kids and be together as family. And hang in there, you’ll get through this! Happy Easter!