by Elaine Schram

The end of the school year is a time of endless possibility when you are young. Graduation and prom keep a celebratory mood in the air. For parents, it’s time to circle back with their kids about expectations for social gatherings and creating great memories.

Setting clear guidelines with teens is important. Resources to support ongoing conversations with your teen are available through the Power of Choice. Guidelines for Hosting Parties and the Laws offers practical guidance, including guidelines for attending and hosting a party, state and city ordinances related to curfew, purchase, possession or use of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana, parental liability, and driving under the influence.

Whether your teen is hosting a party or attending a party, there are helpful guidelines to keep everyone safe. Before your child leaves the house, contact the parents of the teen who is having the party. This provides an opportunity to better understand the gathering, and who will be present. Make sure to communicate with your teen your concerns and express expectations of when they should be home. If you are having a party at your house, make sure you are present. Establish clear boundaries and ground rules with your teen regarding the party. Lastly, know your legal responsibilities. Homeowners can be criminally and/or civilly liable for what transpires. Take a minute to learn more, please visit thepowerofchoice.info for Guidelines for Hosting Parties and the Laws.

Where are party guidelines now? Hopefully in the hands of every parent in our community.

360 Youth Services provides life-changing services to youth through substance abuse prevention, counseling and housing. The Power of Choice is a project of 360, school, police and community partners. Elaine Schram is the Power of Choice High School Campaign Coordinator.  Contact her at eschram@360youthservices.org.

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