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Party Down: Finding Common Ground For Your Teen's Social Life

Let's face it.  Teens love to party.  Having a good and fulfilling social life is one of the classic hallmarks of a well-adjusted adolescent.  However, too much of even a good thing is still too much.  Here are some tips to successfully managing your teen's social life. Lay down some ground rules without being pushy.

  • How late can your teen stay out on school nights?  What about the weekends?
  • How far away are you willing to drive to take her to a party or other event?
  • What are your family's rules about chaperons at parties?
  • Who are you OK with your teen riding with and who is off limits?

Put up a calendar and insist that you be informed of any planned social event at least 24 hours before it happens.  This will give you time to adjust your schedule and check out where it will be, who will be there and what is planned.

Coordinate events with other parents, this is especially true during the holidays or around graduation.  If your teen is planning a party, encourage him to avoid scheduling it at the same time as one being hosted by another friend.

When you are hosting a party at your home:

  • Keep an eye on things but try to stay out of the way.  Insist that doors be kept open and take a walk through the house every hour or so but don't try to make yourself part of the group. 
  • Prepare and set out snacks that can be refilled by your teen and then sit back and relax. 
  • Let the kids entertain themselves.

Always, always make sure that your teen has a safe and sober ride to and from any event he is attending.

Remember that the best parties are those where everyone has a fun and safe time.

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