As a parent of a child who’s caught in that difficult, confusing period known as adolescence, you know that certain essential parental responsibilities just aren’t going to be a walk in the park. It’s totally understandable, but it can still be frustrating. This means that going on vacation can be an ordeal – if you let it turn into one- but that doesn’t have to happen.
Avoid journey-related stress
During the car – or plane-ride itself, it can be tempting to try and court their attention. But if they want to listen to music or play games on their phones or tablets, why not let them, as long as they use headphones? You’ll get nowhere trying to impose. They’ll probably be more receptive later if you cut them some slack on this.
Don’t be overbearing
Within reason, you need to let your teens have some time to themselves. If you trust them at all and are vacationing in a safe spot, there’s no harm in leaving them alone to chill at the hotel for a few hours in the morning, or letting them go to the beach on their own for a bit. Also, pack a prepaid phone card, so they can make affordable calls to friends if they want to.
Be reasonable about expenses
You have to compromise on this one. Don’t be stingy, but ideally if they’re old enough they’ve earned some money of their own in a summer job or as an allowance. Strike a balance between money you offer them and money you expect them to have.