How Much Freedom For Kids?
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Second cruise, DD was ~15 1/2 . She went to the teen club the first day and met some other teens. She really did not go back to the teen club. Instead she and her new friends decided to hang-out together. We required her to meet us for dinner (except one night, her group ate together). After dinner, she could meet up with them again. I think we set her curfew at 10 pm. During port days, we scheduled early excursions and this curfew made life much easier for waking up.
Upcoming cruise, DD will be 17 1/2. I'm pretty confident her curfew will be similiar to last time.
Actually, even at home, her curfew is 10 pm - occassionally 10:30 (and she's a college freshman).
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My 11 year old, when not doing camp things, got to go to the arcade until 11pm but we would not let her leave and would pick her up from there.
we would have our older daughter check in with us once an hour.
You would be suprised how many kids are just wondering the ship all night, i ofter wonder if the parents don't care or think they are sound asleep in their cabin.
I gave up on the walkie talkie thing after the first time we used them there is so many people that have them, you just can't figure out who's who, "mom, mom, where are you" or "meet you by the pool" after awhile all the kids screaming over them sound like your own.
just because someone is in a uniform, does not make them safe--
if they are lost, or in trouble, safest thing is to ask a woman for help....much more likely that a woman will help a child, and be a "safer" risk as a stranger, than a man
don't talk to strangers, even on a cruise ship (except for the above, if lost, ask a woman)
don't go into empty areas, empty corriders, etc.
Also, they can leave a note in the cabin for you. Post-it notes on the mirror work for us.