It is usually a hard step for a parent when their children make that step from being children to becoming teenagers. You will realize that when children get to this stage, everything about them will get to change and they become different people. You will find that it will be difficult for you to allow the teenager to have some space and also keep them safe at the same time during the summer holiday.
You will manage to do this when you set down some rules on what they can and cannot do before the holiday sets in. In the case where any of them breaks the rules, you should make sure that they understand the consequences they will face. When you say something, you need to stick to it unless a situation occurs where you will need to reassess the situation.
It is important that you are up-to-date with all the latest technology as your children are living in a different era to the one you had when you were a teenager. In as much as the children tend to use the tools to get more information and education, the phones and laptops can also pose a potential threat to these teenagers. There are times when you may have some concern about their online behavior, and you will need to be composed when talking to them about it.
Among the activities that your children are engaging in during the holiday, it would be good if you can include a family activity. It will be good for you to have some time where you can engage in some activities as a family and be sure that you are all together at the same place.
It is best if you also assign more tasks to your children. You should give them more duties so that it increases how confident and capable they feel. If they are not already working, you should find them a part-time job that can keep them occupied.
You will also need to talk openly and frankly to your children about some key issues like drugs and sex. For you to ensure that these teenagers do not get to a point where they need to deal with certain issues that they do not have any experience about, it will be good to discuss this issues.
It is also advisable that you have the knowledge of any of the issues that these teenagers are facing every day. You should not raise any issue they are facing in an alarming way. As a parent, it is impossible to find out all the things that the teenager is facing, but you can find out about those matters that are vital. Be open with your children so that they do not have a hard time coming to you when they want to discuss what is bothering them.