There are many words or phrases that teens dread hearing from their parents; one of these words is “curfew.” Many teens see the adolescent years as a time to break away from their family and parents, and experience more freedom in certain aspects of their lives. Having a curfew seems unfair and unreasonable, but what many teens fail to realize is that curfews are actually beneficial to their overall well-being.
Curfews have many advantages that teenagers might not realize; these advantages include staying out of trouble, better time management, less sleep deprivation, and increased focus in school. When following curfews, teens tend to stay out of trouble more because criminal activity or high-risk behavior is more likely to occur later in the evening when parental supervision is not present. Curfews help teens to become used to setting a schedule which they routinely follow, and become able to develop important time management skills which they will carry out into adulthood. Being able to manage time effectively is useful in a variety of situations including school, work, and personal relationships. Setting curfews also help teens to be able to get to sleep at a decent time, which leads to subsequent focus and wakefulness in school, this could ultimately even lead to better grades.