Mom always said that nothing good ever happens after midnight -- this is especially true for tweens. Children want to assert their independence and feel grown-up, but tweens still very much need your protection. Plus, your child needs sleep. A lot of it.
Feel free to adjust the curfew depending on your child's age and the activity. For example, if your child's middle school dance ends at 9 p.m., 9:30 is a reasonable curfew. If he or she is watching DVDs at a friend's house with parents present, you might feel comfortable stretching it to 10 or 11 p.m. Check local ordinances to see if your town has a curfew for juveniles. And remember, groups of bored kids just aimlessly hanging around are a recipe for trouble.
Should your tween have a mobile phone? We'll answer that call on the next page.