Dear Parents and Friends:
Prom and Graduation season is here! This is a very special time in many of our students’ lives. For parents and police however, this same period is filled with apprehension and fear. This time of year rarely goes by without some kind of teen alcohol or drug incident. As you prepare for these important celebrations I want to remind you to talk with your son or daughter about these safety concerns:
6. Don’t be shy about talking about drinking, drugs, date rape and other tough subjects to talk about. Remind your daughters and sons about the dangers of sexual abuse and that they always have the right to stand up. It is okay if they get annoyed and want you to stop talking. It’s your job to be the parent.
7. Give your child permission to use YOU as an excuse. Remind them if they are ever in a situation that is uncomfortable they can pull out the parent excuse. For example, “I can’t do ……. my parents would be so upset.”
I hope these tips are helpful. It is daunting times to be raising kids. Communication is key to helping your child navigate this journey into adulthood. Don’t be afraid to say No and to enforce consequences!!!!
Remember – it is not a right but a privilege to attend ……….. Prom, Post Parties, Graduation Parties, etc. If something doesn't feel right, trust your gut!
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Congratulations to all the parents who have children graduating!
Stay safe and be strong.
Nancy Kislin, LCSW
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Marriage and Family Therapist