- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2003

Prom tips:

Make sure prom night is a positive experience for your teen. Parents, encourage your prom-goer to consider the following:

Discuss plans with your friends and your date ahead of time. Know the evening’s agenda and communicate it to your parents.

Plan ahead what you will say or do if someone offers you alcohol or another illegal drug. Use phrases such as, “No, thanks,” “Are you kidding? I want to remember this night,” or “Actually, I’d rather have a soda. Do you have one?”

Know your date before you go. If your date is a setup, try to get to know him or her before the event occurs. You and your parents will feel better about your staying out late with someone you know.

Find out what your curfew is and share it with your date and friends before prom night. Discuss with your parents after-curfew possibilities (the party at your friend’s house or early-morning breakfast at your place).

Ask a trusted adult to be near a phone and be available on prom night in case you need to call, and carry enough change with you to make several phone calls.

Take your cell phone, or borrow your parent’s, and slip it into your purse or pocket.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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