5 Ways To Avoid Peer Pressure And Beat Your Curfew
For teenagers, having a curfew means saying “no” to a couple of drinks and to an evening stroll in the city with their peers. Most teens cringe at the thought of going home earlier than their friends and missing out on the fun. Being at the point in their lives where they crave for adrenaline rush and live by the carpe diem or “seize the moment” attitude, missing out makes them feel left out, sad, and envious of their friends’ adventures—which could turn into anger at their parents for setting a curfew in the first place.
Here are five ways to avoid peer pressure and beat your curfew:
- Understand where your parents are coming from
For sure, there is a reason as to why your parents set a curfew for you and your siblings to follow. The road is a dangerous place at night, and they wouldn’t want to risk it. Nothing makes your parents feel more secured than the thought of knowing you’re just in your room, doing your assignments. So next time your friends ask you to stay a bit longer, think about your worried parents waiting for you at home.
- Think about being “grounded”
If you consistently miss your curfew, chances are, you’re in for a punishment from your parents in several ways. For one, they might ground you from leaving the house on weekends or using the family. Think twice if hanging out with your friends for a few hours past your curfew is worth the hassle of mowing the lawn on weekends.
- Tell your friends in advance that you have a strict curfew to follow
Most of the underage teenagers have curfews. Therefore, don’t be embarrassed to tell your friends that you have to be home at 9 PM. That way, they would also feel the urge to finish whatever you’re doing before your curfew. Some people tend to work well under pressure. Hence, this is a good test for you and your friends to know if you can all work at a given deadline.
- Inform your parents who you are with and give them your friends’ mobile numbers
With or without curfew, it is a good practice to give your friends’ contact numbers to your parents. You never know when it might come handy for them: when they’re looking for you or when they want to throw a surprise party for you. Before leaving home, tell your parents who you are going to be with and ask them to text that person at least an hour before curfew. That way, your friend would feel the responsibility of letting you leave on time for they have been informed early on by your parents. Good friends want to maintain good relationships with your family. If they do not follow your parents and continue to influence you negatively, it’s time to reassess who your friends are.
- Set an alarm and manage your time well
If you’re working on a project with your friends, make sure to manage your time well by delegating the tasks at hand and sticking with your schedule. Save the gossips and the dramas for tomorrow so you would have something to talk about the next day and focus on what you’re doing. Set an alarm an hour before curfew to remind you that you only have 30 minutes left to do your project. Set another alarm 30 minutes before your curfew to give you ample time to prepare, pack your things and travel back home.
You will never know the importance of setting a curfew until you become a parent yourself. For now, make sure to arrive home before your curfew and everything will go well.