Spring Break: Vacation or Rite of Passage?

March 18, 2015

The following is my annual message to school parents regarding Spring Break:

Spring break arrives on Friday! Many of you will be leaving on family vacations or sending your child off with friends to enjoy time away from the rigors of academia. We pray that everyone has a safe and restful break. We also pray that parents have had serious conversations with their teens about spring break and all that is presumed to go along with it. Over the years spring break has become less about getting away for a restful vacation, and more about being a rite of passage for teens to push limits or explore new things. Temptations abound and your children need advice on how to best exhibit resolve and fortitude in the face of these temptations. Every year newspapers are full of stories of spring break tragedies. Every year people wonder if these tragedies could have been prevented. The answer is a definitive “Yes!”

Have that conversation. Give that advice. While on vacation, know where your children are, who they are with, and what they are doing. Check in with them often. Then the next day, do it again. In front of their friends, they will roll their eyes and complain that their parents are treating them like children (which of course you are, because they are children); but privately they will appreciate knowing that you care about them.

Our prayers are with all of our families for a safe and happy spring break!

God bless you!

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