A time for teens to have
fun and learn about risks
For teenagers, the long days and warm nights of summer
are a chance to be outside and be more in control of their lives.
“I love this group,” says Heather Ray of Mount Royal University
in Calgary, “because this is the group that is fighting to be
independent. They want to make their own decisions.”
Ray, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical
Education and Recreation Studies, says parents still need to set
limits and discuss expectations with their teens.
Set a curfew
Before your teen heads out the
door, set a curfew for when you
want her home. “Teenagers react
well especially when they know the
expectations,” Ray says. “So have an
open conversation with them, but set
That discussion includes whether
you trust your adolescent and feel she
can take care of her own safety.
Setting an appropriate curfew also
depends on what she’s doing the next
morning and how much sleep she
needs, as well as whether she’s met
curfew in the past.
Also consider what she’s doing:
playing Frisbee in the park until