How Late Should Your Teen’s Curfew Be?

The parent of every teenager knows that it’s no walk in the park. It can sometimes feel like a struggle, and one of these struggles revolves around the old curfew debate. What time is the most ideal time to have a curfew for your teen? Should they have a curfew at all? The answer is not simple, but let’s discuss the various issues at hand.

It Depends on a Few Factors

First things first, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the curfew question. It depends on several factors, like your teen’s age, responsibilities, and your family’s rules. For instance, if your teen is younger, then that’ll obviously make the curfew much earlier.

A lot also depends on where exactly your teen child is going. Are they going to a study group to prepare for a big test? Or are they going to simply “hang out” on the corner? If they’re going somewhere safe, you can be more lax about their curfew.

Ultimately, anywhere from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. is a good range for most teens on a weekend. But if you trust your teen and know they’re going somewhere safe, you can probably extend that a bit.