Homecoming season is officially upon us. During this time of year, excitement around the football game, homecoming court, spirit week and the dance fills the autumn air. Unfortunately, these social occasions can also be a time when some teens decide to experiment with drugs.
Consider these tips to promote a safe, drug-free homecoming season:
Make sure your teen is aware of the consequences of not only doing drugs but getting caught with drugs at a school event (football game, dance, etc.). These consequences could include suspension, expulsion or even criminal charges. This would be embarrassing for everyone involved, and definitely not a way your teen would want to spend one of the school year’s most exciting occasions.
Be Just a Call or Text Away
Be on-call during the night of the homecoming dance or any other nighttime social event. If your teen finds him or herself in a bad situation, where many of their friends are drunk or high, they can reach out to you to get a ride home.
Lock it Up
Remove any temptations your teen may have by storing your alcohol and prescription medication in a locked location.
Communicate With Other Parents
It’s always a good idea to know the parents of your teen’s friends. This network can be especially important during homecoming season. If you have any concerns about your teen’s whereabouts while they are participating in various activities with their friends, you can reach out to the group of parents for information. Also, since you all likely have the same thoughts and worries about teen drug use they can serve as a support group; you can share ideas with each other.
Let your teen know that homecoming is supposed to be a time for fun, friendship and long-lasting memories, not using drugs.