The Distant Chaperone

Illustration by Rob Shepperson

When my wife informed me that she was planning to follow our daughter down to the Bahamas for spring break I thought she was crazy, even though chaperoning your kid, from a safe distance, seems to be an increasingly common phenomenon. Wasn’t the whole point of the exercise to experience some sort of coming-of-age moment, to revel in your freedom from parental oversight, to drink to excess, scuffle with nightclub bouncers, and perhaps even briefly to find yourself on the wrong side of the law?

By RALPH GARDNER JR.
The Wall Street Journal