Ground Rules for Older Children
Remember that older kids are the ones with hot blood, and they feel the most independent when they don’t have parents around. They have this feeling that they can do anything without parents supervising them. You must let them know that they can’t just do anything around just because they are on their own. Be sure to place some ground rules for older children regarding food and drinks, friends coming over, and cooking, to name a few. Being a parent, you know what your kids can do when left alone. Keep those points in mind before setting the ground rules.
If you have already agreed to his idea of inviting friends over when you are gone for work, make sure to have a strict conversation beforehand. For example, friends should inform their parents that they are coming over and spending the night or a few hours. The friends’ parents should have your number and the cell or landline number as well, to keep track of the children. You should do the same as well. If you have cooked food for them to enjoy, then okay, and if not, be sure to check what they are ordering. You can’t just boldly permit your son to buy unhealthy pizza and litter the place afterward. Lure them of a reward once you get back if they follow the rules strictly. That will attract them to do so, and prevent you from a big headache after heading back home.