“Speak to your child all year long, and especially around prom and graduation time, about the dangers of using alcohol and other drugs. Listen respectfully and be open to what they have to say. The earlier you begin speaking to your children, the less likely they will choose to drink or use other drugs.
Before any celebration…
◊ Ask what your child’s plans are for the dance and post dance celebrations. Know where they will be at what time and when you should expect them home.
◊ Speak to them about various situations that might arise and how to effectively deal with them.
◊ Assure your teen that they can call you to be picked up anytime they decide they want to go home. Also consider giving them money for a taxi in case they want to get home but cannot reach you.”