Let Your Kid Know It's OK To Call - 04/09/14
My oldest child's prom is coming up. I don't have any concerns about her doing anything she shouldn't at the after-party. That said, my daughter knows she can call me anytime, from anywhere if something stupid happens or is going on. I'm her dad when she makes straight A's and does everything right and I'm her dad if she ever makes a mistake.
I have always told her and the teens I've been fortunate enough to spend time with as a Sunday school teacher not to compound one mistake with another mistake. Like underage drinking and getting behind the wheel of a car or getting in the car with someone else who's piling up bad decisions. You call, I'll come. That's the deal.
We'll work on the teachable moments if we need to after I know you're safe. A lot of kids will be heading to proms over the next month or so.
I just want them all to get home safely and eventually come to understand this is nowhere near the best time in your life. That's down the road. We just have to make sure they get there.