This weekend marked the kick-off of a series of high school homecoming events in our county.
While our kids look forward to these festivities, as parents, we need to help them make the right decisions and stay safe amidst all the fun.
The overall revelry and abundant opportunities to party with friends provide many temptations for our teenagers. There’s the big football game, of course – but don’t discount the additional festivities such as parades, pep rallies, and school dances. More often than not, there’s a post homecoming party that’s usually held off campus – and can extend well into the night.
Unfortunately, for some, such activities can lead to underage drinking – and driving – which all too often leads to dangerous consequences.
Here are a few simple steps we we can take to keep our kids safer – and actually help them have a better night in the long run:
Plains and simple: let your kids know what you expect of them. Address your concerns right up
front. And always let them know you are there to help -- and never judge -- in an emergency situation.
Make Sure the homecoming dance is Stop one before any after event. Try to avert any plans your child might have before the officially sponsored homecoming events begin. Parties beforehand only create more time and un-monitored opportunity for your child to find him or herself in a situation they will later regret.
Make sure Your Child Does Not Drive. In fact, you might even encourage them to travel in style in a party bus or limousine. But make sure they choose one that does not tolerate underage drinking in their vehicle, like Luxor Limo. For party buses, ask the limo company if they provide a chaperone service. Another tip: Transportation services aren’t just for our teens. If your class is celebrating an anniversary dinner or off-campus party, consider hiring a professional service to handle your driving needs, as well.
Homecoming fosters a unique synthesis of alumni camaraderie, professional networking and community pride. Let’s make sure everyone walks away from the experience proudly and safely.