Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) July 08, 2013
Thousands of teens will be packing in a few weeks for a summer of travel, wilderness, sailing, community service or adventure experiences. "Ensure your child’s success at a summer program by talking with them about what to expect," says Eve Eifler, Co-director of Tips on Trips and Camps.
Before your child departs for a summer experience without parents, go over the rules that have been sent to you ahead of time. Many programs ask parents and child to sign an agreement that indicates understanding of these rules. The programs are very clear about acceptable and non-negotiable behaviors. Students can be sent home for violations.
Talk to your child about the consequences of drug and alcohol use. There should be no misunderstanding about what you as a parent expect and what the program will accept.
Unplug your child! Leave valuable cameras and iPads, iPods and cell phones home. It is very easy for them to be damaged or lost on a wilderness trip or teen tour and often the programs prohibit them. Check to see what is allowed and then determine what can be brought with the understanding that these items are at risk.
Talk to your teen about using spending money wisely. This is a great opportunity to give a teenager budgeting experience. Clearly state what the money is to be used for and whether or not there will be additional money coming if necessary.
Remind your child that travel exposes them to unfamiliar experiences. Encourage them to keep an open mind, try new foods, and get to know new travel companions.
Successful summer experiences change kids lives and open doors to unexpected opportunities. For more information, please visit our website http://www.tipsontripsandcamps.com.