Proms and after-parties are the reward for surviving teen years, but they too often turn tragic. Here are tips for boosting your child’s safety.
Parents have different stakes and emotions in this all-American rite of passage. The trick is bridging the gap between trust and wise counsel.
• Know and discuss the high school’s code of conduct with your child before the prom;
• Examine whether the school code of conduct extends to off-site functions that have been approved by the school;
• Know who your child is attending the prom with and discuss the events for pre- and post-prom parties with other parents;
• Talk to your teen about the serious dangers and consequences of underage drinking and driving;
• Use specific examples of youngsters who have died or become permanently disabled because they weren’t thinking clearly;
• Discuss travel plans: Know who is driving, use a reputable limousine service, if needed — as in: one that doesn’t allow anyone to bring alcohol into the vehicle;
• Discuss guidelines and a curfew. Set strict consequences for violations;
• Know the location of any parties your child is attending and who is sponsoring them;
• If your youngster’s plans change, confirm it with other parents;
• Let him or her know that you can pick them up at a moment’s notice if necessary.
“By creating boundaries and openly discussing them with your child, parents establish a healthy balance between structure and freedom, allowing you and your child to fully enjoy this experience,” says Rafael Herrera of NY NJ Car Service. CLICK HERE: