It’s prom and graduation season - a pivotal time for teens as they create some of the most memorable moments of their lives.
While the photos, attire and dinner plans are likely at the forefront, communication and mutual understanding matter most during these occasions. To prevent underage drinking and ensure safe and responsible celebrations, it’s important to connect with teens and other parents well before the big night.
Consider these tips to help prepare your teens for these milestone celebrations:
1. Get involved.
Ask questions. Know who they’re celebrating with and what their plans are.
2. Develop a communication plan.
Talk with both your teens and other parents to make sure everyone is on the same page..
3. Create the expectation for check-ins.
Whether it’s through text, social media or phone call, check-in with your teens throughout the night.
4. Establish a buddy system.
If you’re unable to get ahold of your teen, make sure you have contact information for other friends and parents.
5. Have a backup plan.
Anticipate and prepare for situations that could arise.
6. Reiterate expectations.
Before teens set out for their event, say more than just “call if you need anything.”
7. Make yourself available.
Be accessible to your teens.
8. Talk about social media.
Remind them of the consequences from inappropriate posts on social media.
9. Acknowledge your trust in them.
Assure your teens that you know they will make good decisions.
10. Don’t focus on one night.
Plan a fun event the next day, and make it an activity that they wouldn’t want to miss.
For more tips for prom, graduation and other celebratory moments for your teens, visit the Coaching page.
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