Spring: A Season of Celebrations
We are entering a season of celebration for students. With prom, end of year activities and graduation day, the coming weeks will present plenty of opportunities for teens to consider engaging in high risk behavior, especially drinking alcohol and using other drugs. During this time as much as ever, our teen needs your help to remain safe and healthy.
As a parent reinforce your expectations. Throughout their high school years, parents and community members have set rules and established consequences for breaking them. Perhaps you have loosened up a few rules over time. The increased privileges of being an upperclassman do not include irresponsible behavior like drinking and drug use, especially when connected with driving. Be clear, be firm, and be consistent so that your teen knows these actions remain unacceptable. Helpful information can also be found at www.healthyyouth.org/links.php.
Encourage teens to make each moment count. Let them know you do not want them to miss out because of bad choices.
Provide safe alternatives. Help your teens plan fun, chaperoned, alcohol-free parties around prom and graduation. Unsupervised parties hold a high risk.
As community members, we are asking you to help us create a climate of celebration that is safe and memorable, ensuring future health and happiness for our students and their friends.
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