Is having a good relationship and good communication with a teenager enough? No, not quite enough. We admit that having a friendly relationship with the teenagers is very crucial to understand their needs and to know what’s really happening in their ‘lives’. However, monitoring is also very important. We do not mean authoritarian monitoring here but a little watch on a teenager’s activities is absolutely a smart and healthy parenting. In the good old days, parents used to rifle through their teenagers’ drawers or even used to follow them but now in better and modern days (strictly counting technology here…), parents can have a closer look into their children’s lives.
One of the most worrying phases for parents is when their teenager asks for the car keys. And, yes, we all know that rash driving and teenagers often go hand in hand, still we just can’t deny them the keys or we just can’t offer them pick and drop facility every time. So, are we left with some choice here? No, let them drive but do a keep an eye on your teenager’s driving.
DO’s and Don’ts:
Here are some do’s and don’ts that will help you in monitoring teenager’s driving:
- Install a GPS tracking system in your teenager’s car. This monitoring system will keep a track of your child’s whereabouts. However, do explain to your child that this is not because of you do not trust him but because you are concerned for his/her safety.
- You can also install CarCheckup system under the wheel of your child’s car. This system will help you in monitoring teenager’s driving by recording data such as speed limit, use of brakes and acceleration, etc.
- Peeping Toms that we are (thanks to the modern technology), nothing is more constructive than monitoring teenager’s driving through healthy and honest talks. Make him/her understand the importance of responsible driving.
All said, remember that if you do not trust your teenager child, the teen will perhaps act out, so try monitoring teenager’s driving through trust building activities.