It’s spring of junior year. Your son and daughter just got their invitations to the prom. There are dresses and tuxes to be bought; travel arrangements to be made; a post-prom party to be planned. But are you all really ready for that special night?
One Talk Won’t Do It
Rose H., a West Virginia mother, says, “I’ve been talking with my daughter about making smart decisions for years. Every time she goes out, I know where she’s going and who she’s with. So for us, prom night was no different. It’s taken time–but now I know I can trust her to play by my rules.”
“Mom was great,” concurs her daughter, Karen. “She was so excited for me. But going out that night was like any other night; I had my cell phone, and I knew if I needed her, all I had to do was call.”
How many families have worked this long on a process of trust? Linda R., a mother from Maryland, had a very anxious prom night.
“I sat down with Josh and warned him about not getting in a car with someone who’d been drinking. But once he was out the door, I felt powerless; and I worried all night until he got home safely.”
“Yeah, my folks gave me all sorts of warnings,” shares 18-year-old Josh. “But my friends and I can handle ourselves. And, seriously, it was prom night…we had to have some fun! Nobody died.”
Both of these families were fortunate. However, the grim reality is, over one third of all alcohol-related teen deaths occur during prom season. So, let’s get down to business. What can you do?