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