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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:37 am 
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Heading down in 10 days, and our plans have changed. Our son is now 19, a Sophomore in college, and has his own apartment and job. He has decided not to join us for our beach trip this year. Because of that, we have invited one of our daughter's friends. We'll have two 13 year old girls, and it will be the first time Misti and I have ever had guests on a trip to the beach with us.

Our neighbor gave us some really good advice. He told us to create a document and have it signed by the other girl's parents giving us permission to seek medical treatment in case of an emergency. I thought that was great advice, so we've already done that and have 2 copies. For those of you who've allowed your children to bring a friend to the beach, what other kind of advice do you have?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:44 pm 
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Try to keep them alive and out of jail..

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:59 pm 
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What about money? Have you discussed this? Is the friend bringing enough to pay her share of restaurant/entertainment bills or are you covering everything? It helps to know in advance.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:44 am 
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Scott, make absolute CERTAIN that YOU are NEVER alone with this girl at any time. I hate to think like that but the cops in my family have taught me well for today's society.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:59 am 
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Also get a copy of her parent's insurance card.

The money conversation is very important.... it is scary how little $$$ some parents will send with their kid for a week.

A quick conversation on "family vacation rules" might be in order..... where they are allowed to go unsupervised, they need to answer calls/texts quickly, etc.

Good luck ! We've brought a number of Kelly's friends to MB over the years and never had any major issues.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:02 am 
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You also need to know about any medications she may take, allergies (both food and meds). We have brought our kids friends in the past as well. Sometimes when two teens get together they can be a little more "courageous" than on their own. Make sure if they go off on their own down the beach they know where you are and what time to be back. They should always carry a cell phone. My daughter looked at 18 at 13, so the talk about strangers and not going anywhere with anyone never hurts.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:39 pm 
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I have to agree with Phroggy. We live in a society where traveling with other people's kids must be handled with alot of thought. We don't ever want to think the worst about our kids friends, but kids are alot different today than when we grew up. I had a family member who got himself into a sticky situation transporting his daughters friends to and from softball tournaments. One of the girls got upset with him because she wanted to stop at a fast food restaurant and he didn't stop. Long story short she went home and told her mom that my family member put his hand on her leg. It was a totally made up story and she finally confessed to the lie after my family members name was slung through the mud. You just never know.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:22 pm 
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You are basically in loco parentis for a time -- so you need to set boundaries, expectations, plan for events as if she is your child. Here's a good link:

http://www.familyvacationcritic.com/taking-along-your-kids-friends-what-to-know-before-you-go/art/

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