Prom time. Ugh. I've been dreading this and now it's here. My son is in a party-hard group. I know there will be alcohol and I'm just praying they will not drive. I'm threatening to call the parents of the homes where parties are planned to ask them what they are doing to keep the kids safe. Is that going over-board? My son does not want me calling; there have been several scenes -- no other parent is this protective! Why don't you trust me?
Am I over-reacting?
From: Anxious in Andover, MA
No, I don't think you're over-reacting at all. I think calling hosting parents is an excellent idea. I don't know why more parents don't do that, especially when so many parents seem to think it's OK to provide alcohol. It's not. I also don't understand why parents get so worked up at Prom time; it's not as if drinking, drugging and unsafe sex only happen on Prom weekend.
But yes, yes, Prom night is different in the eye's of most teens. Anecdotal evidence indicates that even teens who have never been risk-takers may try something new on Prom night. To make it special. Teens who are risk takers are likely to push the envelope.
So yes, this is not a night to worry about your son being unhappy with you. He'll get over it. The Prom doesn't mean that rules don't apply.
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