How to Convince Your Parents to Extend Your Curfew

Having people to go out with in high school is half the battle!

Do you find yourself constantly stressing over time? Do you get all dolled up to go out, only to rush home almost immediately after, so you won't disobey mom and dad?

If your parents' demands over when to be home are driving you up the wall, keep reading for how to convince your parents to extend your curfew:
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Do Your Research

Before you even begin having the conversation, it's very important that you do your research. Poll your close friends and people in your grade asking for honest answers. What time is their curfew on weekdays? What time is their curfew on weekends? After you've gathered all of these answers, map out a median time. You don't want to be the last one to go home, but you certainly shouldn't be the first one either.

If the average time is earlier than your personal curfew, you may want to consider tabling the conversation for a few months. If the average time is later than your current curfew, now's the time to approach your parents about it.

 

Approach the Conversation Like an Adult

If you want older-person privileges, then you'll need to act the part. Tell your parents you want to set up a specific time to talk to them about something important (but assure them it's nothing bad!). When you finally have the chat, speak to them with the utmost respect. Do not interrupt them, and respond to them in ways that show you see their side (even if you disagree). Additionally, put your phone (and any other distractions) away for the entirety of the conversation. Your focus needs to remain 100% on your parents and the ideal outcome you'd like to achieve.

 

Make a Sound Argument

Now that you've talked to your pals, make a logical argument to your parents as to why you would like them to consider a later curfew. Would you be more likely to share an Uber with trusted friends if you can leave at the same time? Do you feel scared when you have to leave parties alone and early? Explain why leaving with the bulk of your friends makes sense, and tack on things you've done that prove you've earned the extended time out of the house. Additionally, highlight areas that exemplify how responsible you are, and express why an extra 30 minutes to an hour out should give them no reason for concern.

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Bargain, Bargain, Bargain

Now that you have a strong, logical argument on your side, sweeten the pot. Are you hovering over a 'B' in a certain class? Ask your parents if an 'A' in the course will change their minds. Offer to pick up additional chores or to tutor your siblings—anything to show them you mean business. Bargain with them until they can't say no.

 

Now that you've sorted out your own parental problems, read THIS if your friend's family isn't doing so well.