It’s that season again. The kids are getting excited about their graduation. The girls are looking for that perfect shoe to match the dress which was picked up last month. The boys are talking about their dates and who they’ll be taking to the big day. As for the parents, their concerns are usually elsewhere. Prime among these is to ensure the safety and the security of the kids on this most important day.
It may not be at the top of the safety list for parents of prom-age kids, but the ride to and from the graduation party is something that many parents need to pay attention to. What are the reasons for this? The primary reason is that some kids drive to the prom, and they end up consuming a few alcoholic drinks at the party. The result could be that kids are drinking and driving.
What is the safest way to ensure that your children get there safely? The surest way is to use a limousine for the transportation to this event. Having a designated chauffeur makes a huge difference, not only to the kids but also to the parents. It’s almost like have an adult that will make sure your kids (and their friends) are not drinking while under the influence.
Having contact phone number – not only for your child but also for their friends who will be with them – can make a huge difference in the case of emergency. You want to know who your kids will be travelling with, and more importantly, you want to know the phone number of those people so you can get in touch with them in the case of any problems.
Not many parents talk to their children about what to expect at their graduation. You want your child to be strong and to be swayed by anything that their friends do, or expect them to do. Talk frankly and openly and let them know that they do not have to give in to peep pressure. Let them know that it takes more strength to do what he or she believes is right, than simply following others.
You may not want to set a specific curfew for this night. However it is important to have clear expectations of what and what not to do. For example, many parents do not wish for kids to attend after-parties. Many after-parties are centered around drinking alcoholic beverages (and in some cases drugs), so parents try to avoid this environment by setting the expectation not to attend them. Whatever rules you are comfortable with – whether you expect them to be home by a particular time, or not to go to certain places, or not to go to a hotel room – and make sure to establish these expectations with your child beforehand.
Make sure that you and other parents are available during the evening in case of any unexpected events. If your child needs you to pick them up or if anything happens and someone needs help, you must plan to be able to get there in a short amount of time. Have your cell phone with you, and ensure that it is charged and not in silent mode. The last thing you want is for your child to be trying to call you and you’re unavailable because your phone battery is dead.
In the face of potential pushback from your kids, you want to be confident that your rules and expectations are going to be followed. The best way to guarantee this is to work with other parents to get the attention of your kid and their friends. If at all possible, you may want to set a set of core values and rules that you and the other parents agree on which would apply to all the children.
This rule can be the hardest for many parents. It can also be the most important. Relax! After all, this is a paramount event in the life of someone you love, so you don’t want to ruin it for them by being on edge.
By following these simple rules, and by relaxing, both you and your kid will have a great, safe and memorable prom.
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