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Yes, it is that season when high school girls say yes to their prom dress. Part of the fun is getting all dressed up, renting the limo and creating memories with friends.

But that fun night can turn into a nightmare if kids aren’t sensible. And that is the worry of most parents.

So if you decide to allow your teen to go to prom night, think about the conversations and guidelines you will need to have before the event.

Beauty writer and former child model and actress, Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust provides these great tips for parents and prom:

·         Get the phone numbers of your child’s prom date and at least 5 friends so you can reach someone.  Inform your child, you expect them to answer their cell phones and texts should you call them.

·         Give Your Kids a Curfew – There is nothing your kids can do after 2am that they can’t do before 2am.  It’s not a trust issue, it’s a safety issue.  Do you really want your kids roaming around after 2am?

·         Remind your child that everyone has a camera.  With cameras hidden everywhere, it is so important your child realizes not to behave in public in a way that might cause them shame if it ended up on youtube.

·         Colleges can take away what they have offered.   A college acceptance can be revoked for illegal behavior and for getting expelled from high school.  Prom night is not Vegas.  What happens on Prom night could jeopardize their future.

Thanks Erika. Great tips for parents. For more from Erika, check out her website, bondingoverbeauty.com

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