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May 10, 2013

Parent-sponsored senior trips are advised

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NORMAN —

We all want our kids to have fun, and nothing says you can’t go the same location with your friends to have some fun, also.

Q: I was a wild child. Now that I have children of my own who are getting ready to drive, I don’t want them following in my footsteps. I specifically remember ditching school because I had a car. Any suggestions as to how to make sure my kids are following my rules?

— John

Dear John,

We really have a desire to trust our kids until they give us a reason not to. With that being said, technology today offers a myriad of options, including a device that can be hooked under the car and followed on your computer.

If your kids are on your cell phone plan, you can easily access the GPS feature and know where there phone is at all times. We have a friend who required a live 360-degree video feed when she would call her son at any time during the evening.

Old-school methods such as checking the odometer and driving by particular locations where your kids are supposed to be never fail.

Make sure your kids know you will be checking on them and there will be consequences if rules aren’t followed. On that note, make sure all rules are clear prior to handing them the keys.

Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.

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