Thursday, April 14, 2016

Prom—Parents, have you talked to your teen about alcohol yet?

You as a parent may be able to prevent your child from becoming the next statistic by setting a few simple rules about underage drinking.  Before sending your teens off to prom, talk to them about alcohol—it just may save their life. 
Here are some tips on how to prepare your teen for these events: 
·         Make sure your child has a plan for the evening and that you know it.
·         Set rules with your child and stick to them.
·         Let the consequences be known and stick to them.
·         DO NOT HOST A PARTY FOR MINORS—underage drinking is illegal.  You as a parent are liable, and could face legal consequences.  Allowing a party with alcohol on your property, even if you do not provide the alcohol is now illegal per the Iowa State Social Host Law. 
·         Take stock of the alcohol in your house.
·         Discuss the school’s rules with your child and the consequences for violating them.
·         Disapprove of underage drinking.
·         Do NOT rent hotel rooms for prom-goers.
·         Communicate with other parents and school officials about the on-goings of the night so you are informed. 
·         Stay up for the prom-goer’s return home.
·         Encourage your teen to attend the schools post-prom party
o   Harmony- Fort Madison Family YMCA
11:00 pm-5:30 am
Hypnotist, Knocker Ball, Bouncy Obstacle Course, Glow in the Dark Dodge-ball, Swimming & Movies!
For More Information Contact:
Sandy Hootman – 563-447-4721
Winter Peck – 319-253-5123
Cara Proper – 319-217-0074
Jen Fett – 319-850-2439
o   Van Buren- Roberts Memorial Building
11:00 pm-3:15 am
Hypnotist, Laser Tag, Shooting Sports, Air Brush Tattoos, Corn Hole, Twister, Wii Games, Guessing Game, Photo Booth & Ping Pong! 
For More Information Contact: Dixie Saunders – 319-288-0833

For more information on talking to your children about alcohol, feel free to visit the SAFE Coalition website at or call 319-293-6412.

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