Par­ent­ing

Don’t panic the mo­ment your teen says ‘party’. Help your child stay safe – and have fun too!

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Help your teen have a safe party

arties are a vi­tal part of teen life – for so­cial­iz­ing, re­lax­ation, fun and en­ter­tain­ment. But a poorly planned party – or one with­out parental su­per­vi­sion – can have un­wanted, even tragic con­se­quences. Be­low are some sug­ges­tions to help you guide your teenager’s party-go­ing and party-host­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

WHEN YOUR TEENAGER IS AT­TEND­ING A PARTY Know where your teenager will be. Get the ad­dress and phone num­ber of the party giver. Make sure your teen un­der­stands that you ex­pect a phone call if the lo­ca­tion changes.

Con­tact the par­ents of the party giver to… Ver­ify the oc­ca­sion. Of­fer as­sis­tance. Make sure a par­ent will be present at the party. Be cer­tain that al­co­hol and other drugs will not be per­mit­ted.

Know how your teen will get to and from the party. As­sure your teen that you or a spe­cific friend or neigh­bour can be called for a ride home. Agree with your teenager that he or she will not ride in a car with a driver who has been drink­ing, or if driv­ing him­self or her­self, will not drive un­der the in­flu­ence. You might make a ‘no ques­tions asked’ pact with your teen to call home.

Agree with your teenager on a time to come home. Be awake or have your teen awaken you when he or she ar­rives home. Make sure your teen knows to call if he or she is un­able to come home on time. Agree on what will hap­pen (con­se­quences) if he or she doesn’t come home on time.

If your teenager stays overnight with a friend af­ter the party, check with the

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