parents have concerns.
Will my child be safe? How much
will prom cost? What do I need to discuss before the
Suggest that your teen develops a budget for their expected
prom costs (see Dollars and Sense) so both of you have
an understanding of what to expect. Allow plenty of
time so that you are not rushed into making a decision
on prom attire. When your son says he needs a tux, hand
him the phone and phone book to get quotes from at least
two or three different rental stores. Then gently remind
him that he needs dress shoes and black socks also.
If the budget they have come up with is more than you
expected to spend, let them know that both of you will
need to become creative in order to be able to get everything
they want. Start looking for specials and discounts!
Talk to other parents that have
children traveling with your teenager. You may be able
to gather at one house to take pre-prom pictures and
you can also discuss post prom events and expectations.
Discuss your expectations of your teenager for this
special event. Many schools offer after proms that provide
a safe environment and do not allow early departure.
Don't shy away from talking about drinking and drugs
The Kansas City metro area has very stringent laws concerning
rooms rented for minors by parents and guardians. Encourage
your son or daughter to have a good time while being
Safe Prom Partnership 816-468-0400
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Who pays for what?
Tickets - This can be either
party or a shared expense.
Attire - Both parties pay
for their own attire.
Flowers - Both parties purchase
a corsage for the other.
Limousine- Normally shared
among the riders
After Prom Activities - Both
parties pay their own way.