What a delightful, exciting time, Prom!
After you confirm attendance, buy the tickets, and the clothes and make arrangements for after parties, what next? Short of going to the Prom and after sets with the teens, what else can you do?
There must be some conversations about that age-old issue, safety.
Talking about safety is more important now than ever. This conversation can possibly save you and your teen several years of heartache and pain; that is if the teen follows the instructions.
There are hundreds of safety tips, but let’s only deal with five., and one bonus tip:
1. Know all of their plans for the night. Discuss the details of the evening. What is their curfew, where and if they will attend after parties? Know who they are riding with, know the parents of their friends. Emphasize to your teen to stick to the plans. If they want to change the plans, instruct your teen to call you and discuss the changes. Remind them to stay with their group, and Do not go off with people they don’t know.
2. Don’t ride in cars with intoxicated or high teens. Not riding with high or drunk teens is self-explanatory. If your teen doesn’t understand why this is important, explain in detail. Talk about why folk who are intoxicated, judgment is impaired. Grown people can’t manage alcohol and driving; it is even more probable that teens will have car accidents while they ae under the influence of alcohol.
Make a plan. If the people your teen is riding with are drinking and driving, let your teen know they can call you to come and get them.
3. Tell them to watch what they drink and eat. Remind your teen that it’s against the law for them to drink, and you don’t, under any circumstances, want them drinking alcohol or taking any drugs.
Remind your Prom attendee:
A. If they leave their nonalcoholic beverage unattended on a table, don’t drink it, buy another drink, or go with water.
B. Do not allow anyone they don’t know or trust, to get their drink nor their food.
C. Don’t drink from a punch bowl; it could be spiked. If they feel unstable or sick after eating or drinking anything, please call home, and you pick your teen up.
4. Don’t run towards violence. If a fight gets started, don’t run towards the fight. If possible, get out of the vicinity. Unfortunately, there is rarely a clean fight anymore. If someone pulls a weapon, your teen may accidentally get wounded. Move away from violence; don’t participate in violence. If someone wants to fight them, tell them to avoid the situation as far as possible.
5. If you see someone with a weapon, tell an adult. Instruct your teen not to attempt to take a weapon from anyone. Either tell an adult or call the police. This simple act may save several lives.
Finally, tell your teen not to allow their pride to get in the way of following your instructions. Teens are notorious for thinking they are immortal. You can’t be with them everywhere, but your instructions will be with them for a lifetime. Agree with them that your suggestions are lame, but remind them, these instructions could very well save their lives, and they will live to tell about their Prom.
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