Increased responsibilities are a rite of passage for teenagers. Many young men and young women are allowed to drive a motor vehicle once they reach legal driving age. Others are given the opportunity to prove themselves in the workforce by getting a job. So, how do you know when it’s time to give your teen greater responsibilities? Are there some telltale signs that they’re ready to handle more than they’re currently doing around the home, at school, and the community?

The answer is yes. There are some distinct signs that your teen is ready for more responsibility. Here are four things that tell you that a child is on the verge of adulthood and fully ready to embrace what the real world has in store for them.
They’re Willing and Able to Stay Home Alone for Longer

Periods of Time

Teenagers with working parents know the reality of staying home alone and the responsibilities that entails. Rather than display a distinct lack of knowledge of how to care for themselves, responsible teens treat their parents’ home like they would their own. They’re careful to keep doors and windows locked while by themselves. They keep valuables tucked away from the prying eyes of neighbors and friends.

They value safety and security the way their parents do by taking note of strange occurrences around their homes and neighborhoods. At this point you can give them access to any safes, personal records and documentation, and your home security system. Southern California Security Centers and similar companies can help you install and program security systems if you don’t already have one.

Wanting to Pay for Some of Their Own Things

When your teen starts showing an interest in paying for their own expenses, it’s time to let them have more responsibility. After all, it will only be a matter of time before they’re out in the world on their own, right? They’ve demonstrated that they can take care of their belongings and yours so why not allow them additional chances to prove themselves by giving them a little more freedom?

Talking to You About Saving for College

College is a huge expense and if your teen asks to get a job to help with the cost of tuition, room and board, and parking passes, why not let them? Making sure they have a key to get into the house after school and work alleviates some of the pressure off of you to make sure they arrive home safely. If they’re old enough to drive and work, they certainly can enter the house without your assistance.

When a teenager shows that he or she cares about their home and personal safety as much as you do, it’s time to give them greater responsibilities. By demonstrating their ability to think quickly on their feet when you’re not around, they can avoid dangerous situations and making the type of mistakes that invite intruders into the home. Make sure to talk to them about the different security measures you’ve had installed in your home so they can keep a watchful eye over them the way you do.

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