Here it hangs! The prom dress…just waiting for the big night. Having never gone to prom myself, I pictured an agonizing day of shop hopping and coming up empty. This mama who really doesn’t enjoy the mall…at all…walked out in a record two hours!
I have to admit, this bag represents anxiety for me. My girl has never had a boyfriend; never been on a date. And although she is going with a friend, my heart still skips a beat and my eyes start to well, because I know what prom is about for most teens. A night to do all the things that break a parent’s heart….
So, since we are becoming wise moms, what steps can we take to prepare our kids, should they choose to go to prom?
A friend of mine shared with me one mom’s answer.
Before prom night, they put out an invitation to their student’s friends to return to their home after the dance. Each student had to sign a contract saying they would not bring any substances to their home. The contract also stated that once they entered the home, they had to stay until morning; once they entered, there was no going out. They would provide food, games, and movies for the party goers…as well as supervision. The contract was signed by both the student and the student’s parents.
I like this idea…it gives peace of mind to the parents while providing a memorable experience for the kids.
Is your student attending prom? If so, what perimeters are you putting in place to insure both safety and fun?