Prom season brings reminder to be cautious

Preparations have long been under way for this year’s proms, as area high schoolers are anticipating a truly memorable evening.

We hope each and every student has a magical night of friends and fun to long remember, as they don formal attire and head off to area auditoriums and gymnasiums, hotel ballrooms and excursion boats. It is often a truly special time that they will carry through the years like many of us have including their parents. For the teens and their parents, hours and hours have been spent preparing for the annual event. From choosing the perfect gown and matching tuxedo to finalizing hair appointments, plans for the perfect prom have been in the works for several months. But when alcohol and a lack of responsibility are combined with that special night, those memories can turn tragic.

The prom should be a time of happiness. That’s why it’s important that parents talk with their teens about the consequences of drinking alcohol, and not just on prom night, but any time. And, agreed, we have brought this reminder before, But it bears worth printing each and every school year.

Teens must know that drinking alcohol during their big night does not make them adults. They must be sure they know not to get into the car with any driver who has been drinking, and they must know they are responsible for their own actions. If teens truly want to prove how grown up they have become, they must show they know how to prove they’re worthy of the responsibility.

Some tips for parents include:

— Curfews should be made clear.

— A parent or other adult friend or relative should be near a phone on prom night in case the teen needs assistance.

¯ Teens need to know that parents must be kept informed of plans, and if the plans change, teens should call home immediately to tell the family just where they’re going and when.

Parents, please don’t let this busy time of the year deter you from being an active part of your teens’ prom. Talk to your children about the importance of them being adults, especially on their prom nights.

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