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22. What time do you call this?

Lying awake in the early hours listening for the key in the door interferes with the sleep patterns of parents around the world.

You lie there, imagining the worst, or you sit up late watching bad TV programmes until your teen arrives home – eventually. Here are some ideas on how to cope.

When your children are smaller, you know where they are. Once they become teenagers, their social lives focus increasingly on evening activities, and decisions about curfews and staying in touch need to be taken.

A curfew gives your teen a chance to experience a degree of independence within a support structure. You reach a compromise whereby you are recognising that your teen is getting older and more mature, but you still ...

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