It’s hard watching your kids grow up. The older they become, the more independent they get, which leads to all kinds of new experiences for both you and your child.
As a parent, you want what’s best for them, so it’s important to let them reach different milestones when they’re ready. When it comes to your child going out alone with their friends, there are things you can do to help you feel more at ease, while also making sure they stay safe.
Are you ready to let go of the reins? Here are some steps you can take to feel more at ease with your child going out alone.
See the positives
While you may be questioning whether your child is old enough to go out alone (a decision that’s down to you in the end), it does help if you see the positives in the situation instead of just worrying about the negatives.
By going out with their friends, your kid can learn a bit about finding independence, develop better friendships, get some physical exercise, and much more. It not only gives your child a bit of freedom but you too.
Letting your child go out with their friends is a good way to keep them entertained without resorting to technology, but it also helps them discover other hobbies and interests too.
Talk to your child about safety
It’s natural to have some concerns about your child’s safety when they start getting a bit more independent. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to talk to them about how to stay safe when they’re out and what they should and shouldn’t do in different situations. Make sure they know key phone numbers and places they can go to in an emergency if needed.
Check-in with them
It’s ok to check in with your child while they’re out. Reminding them what time they need to be home and checking to see if they’re ok, especially at the beginning, can help put your mind at ease. This could be a good time to give your child a phone, as it will help you both get in contact easily. There are different apps you can install to see where they have been if you’re particularly concerned. Try not to be too overbearing, as this could lead to tensions.
Ask them about their time
You’ve got a great opportunity to build up some trust with your child once they start going out alone. Asking them about their day and taking an interest clouds mean they’re more likely to share any concerns they have, and helps you stay informed about what’s going on in their lives. It can be exciting to hear about your child’s adventures and learn more about the person they’re becoming – you could even swap stories from your own childhood adventures to help them feel more at ease talking with you.
Letting your child go out alone is a big decision, but it’s something that’s going to happen one day. Keeping your child safe is always going to be your priority, but with the right approach and trust between you both, you can make sure it’s a positive step in your child’s development.