7 Parental Tips for a Fun and Safe Prom Night
Across the country, springtime means one thing to many kids, and that is prom! They think about it, plan for it, and look forward to the day with excitement and nervousness at the same time. They ask themselves, will everything be perfect? Will the dress look good? And have I lined up a date for the big night yet?
Contrary to what the kids may be going through, the parents see it from a different perspective. They want their children to have fun and enjoy the night, but they want it done in an orderly and safe way. So what are some of the things that parents can do to ensure the safety and fun of their kids on prom night?
1. Safe Transportation
Probably the number one thing many parents want to ensure is the security of the ride that will take the children to the prom and return them safely home. And one way of doing this is to make sure that the kids are traveling together. A group ride in a limousine or a party bus is one of the best ways to do this. It has the distinct advantage of being sure that none of the kids will be drinking and driving. Let's face it; some kids will be drinking alcoholic beverages on that night, so it is wise for parents to ensure that none of those kids will be driving.
Furthermore, having a chauffeur who is responsible for the safe transportation is an additional safety factor that many parents love.
2. Save Money
It may also be a surprise to many that the most economical way of traveling to the prom is by renting a party bus. The reason is simple. Limousine buses can carry upwards of forty passengers. Therefore, the cost of the limo bus rental will be split amongst forty children. That can end up being a significant saving, and one that makes renting a limo bus cheaper than even hiring a taxi cab.
3. Start Early
That is particularly true for girls who want to find that perfect dress. The process of finding a dress that will make her feel good for this most anticipated night can take a long time. Therefore, starting the shopping early is an important tip to make sure that you'll have what you need at the date of the prom. Boys too need to find that perfect tuxedo, so don't leave it until the last minute. The earlier you start with your shopping, the better and more relaxed you'll be.
4. Have a Conversation
As a parent, you must decide on what is allowed and what is not, then stand firmly by what you have decided. Things such as curfews, staying overnight and drinking should be discussed in advance to avoid any misplaced expectations. The discussion should be clear that you have your child's best interest and safety as the utmost goal.
5. Decide on a Budget
As the kids may be overly excited about their prom, they may want to go all out and spend a lot of mone on the event. The allowed budget for the entire costs of the event should be discussed with your child in advance, and a certain amount should be allocated towards each part of the night: limousine, dress, tuxedos and other miscellaneous costs should have a clear budget to avoid disappointment or misplaced expectations.
6. Be Prepared
Talking to other parents and having their phone number is a good way to being aware of what is going on on the night. Make sure to get the phone number of your kid's friends. In any case of emergency, the last thing you want to do is to be looking for contact information that you do not have. So have these handy and hopefully, they will not be needed.
7. Relax & Have Fun
Remember that this night is a celebration. So do not let worry or concerns distract you from the real purpose of the prom. Having fun, enjoy and celebrate with your child. Take lots of pictures and most of all, cherish these memories because they will last for a long time.