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One memory of my senior year in high school stands out very vividly and one I am really thankful to have. That is one of me asking my dad (who was not a strict disciplinarian at all) if I could go on my senior class trip—to Washington, D.C.—with teacher chaperones, over a weekend. The answer was a resounding, "NO!" "But, Daddy", I cried, "why not?" His answer was simple. "Too rowdy ! Too many places to get into trouble! And besides which, he said, we will have more fun at home." I stomped away sad and mad, but somehow relieved! I knew my dad was right and that I probably would have more fun at home. His thought was that it just wasn't necessary to go with a bunch of kids to a hotel in a strange city. I thought I should put up a little fight anyway. I did storm around for a while and lost that battle and to tell you the truth, in the end, I didn't miss going at all.
I admired my dad for being a father, a guide, an adult!
Now is the time that parents have to make those difficult (to some) decisions of putting down money for a trip, which is in a foreign country, where drinking is considered the norm. Many parents go along for the trip—have a separate room—and feel that they are acting as a chaperone. Really? And what time do your kids go to sleep? What time do you turn in? A lot can happen between 11:00 p.m. (when the adult is asleep) and 8:00 a.m.(when the adult wakes up) and the student is out partying at those very same times.
Tell your child a resounding, "NO!" --trust me, they won't stay mad at you forever and you will have the
peace of mind that they will be safe and secure and probably having more fun at home!