Many teenagers treasure their prom night as one of the most memorable events of their entire youth. As a parent, it’s supportive of you to try to help facilitate making the night go as smoothly as possible.
Here are some of the best tips for help planning your teen’s much-awaited prom night.
Although many parents would like to believe that their own child could never get into trouble, the truth is that drinking is all too common on prom night. Rather than risking them getting into an accident, consider being the driver for your teen and their entourage.
Even if the person driving is reliable, there’s no telling if the rest of their group will be. Any sort of alcohol or substances in the car could lead to serious trouble for everyone involved. You’re better off being the driver and getting everyone from point A to point B.
Start Planning Early
It takes more time than you might think to coordinate everything that goes into a prom. You’ll need to plan everything from their outfit, to their corsages. Don’t leave everything until the last minute which will result in scrambling to beat the clock.
Create lists and try to make an effort to get everything done at least a week before prom.
Define Clear Rules
As a parent, you should have a clear set of expectations spelled out for your child and their friends before you even start planning. It’s essential to leave no stone unturned when it comes to setting the rules straight.
You should cover things like curfew and sticking to their word about where they will be. Don’t skim over the sex talk, either. Educate your kids on how to practice safe intimacy and encourage honesty. Forcing them to lie about it will only lead to a higher risk of pregnancy and STDs.
Set a Budget
It’s easy to get carried away with the costs of prom. From the professional photos to the tickets to the cost of the dress or suit, it’s easy to get into the thousands if you’re not careful.
Make sure that you plan your costs carefully together as a team. That way you won’t have any last-minute surprises when you do the calculations.
Take Plenty Of Photos
Don’t forget to pull out your camera and take plenty of photos of this memorable night! They may groan about it for the time being, but they’ll thank you one day for capturing the memories!
As you plan their prom night, you may find that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. Such an important event requires a lot of organization which isn’t always your teen’s strong suit. However, if you work together as a team and try to reach a compromise, hopefully, their prom will be one to remember forever.