If many of us were to take a walk down memory lane, one of our fondest memories would probably consist of our junior and senior prom. We were able to get dressed up, hang out with our friends, and if we had a curfew, that was one night when it got extended to wee hours of the morning.
However, if most of us told all of the stories of our prom, even amidst all of the freedom, we would also admit that we weren’t able to get our feet out of the door without our parents giving us a list of rules. That’s because while prom did symbolize a new level of independence, at the end of the night, we were still teenagers. We still needed some guidelines in place for our safety.
Now that you’re a parent, it’s your turn to make the rules. So, if you’d like a list of things that you can tell your teen to keep them safe on prom night, we have a list of five must-dos below:
Make sure the gas tank is full. Proms tend to run pretty late, and so you don’t want your kids hanging out at gas stations or convenience stores at random hours. The best way to avoid that is to make sure that they fill up the gas tank earlier that day (if they’re not taking a limo, that is).
Establish a plan. Although your teen would probably like to tell you that they want to wait and see what the night has to offer, “winging it” is not a smart thing to do; make sure that a plan is established beforehand. They need to have a buddy system in place. They don’t need to be around people who are drinking or doing drugs, and it’s also smart for them to avoid hotel parties or house parties where adults are not around.
Don’t text and drive. There aren’t a lot of teens who don’t have smartphones, which are basically hand-held computers that they can dial out from. Although they probably can’t wait to talk to their friends, shoot texts about when they’ll be arriving or to send Facebook status updates, remind them that it’s against the law to text and drive at the same time. They can wait until they get where they’re going.
Have them text you when they arrive and as they leave. When it comes to texting, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a time and place for it to be in use. While you want them to feel like they should enjoy the night without having to constantly check in, do require that they send you a text when they arrive at the venue and when they’re on their way home. That will help you not to worry.
Let them know that you’re available no matter what. When your teen was at the mall or on a website like NightMovesProm.com looking for something to wear, there’s a pretty good chance that you were right there with them sharing in the moment. Well, as the prom approaches, remind them that you’re still available should they need advice or a ride home. The prom should be one of the most exciting times in your teen’s life. Make sure you help to make it just as safe as possible too.