Picture this: You plan a party for your son or daughter’s graduation in your old barn. You tell them to invite all their friends. You trust your child to make good choices and leave him or her to their own devices. You figure, it’s the end of the year, and you’ll let them have a little fun. Within a few hours, a policeman knocks on your door. He tells you they received a call about underage drinking at your residence. Your peaceful night shatters and the party isn’t a party anymore.
Why you? Who’s responsible? What do you do? This is the kind of situation that no parent should have to face. Graduation parties shouldn’t be a time for drinking, but celebration instead. There are some easy ways to avoid this from happening to YOU, or anyone you love.
First, go over the guest list with your child. You, as a parent, should be able to figure out which of your child’s friends are responsible or not. Cross anyone off the list that you’ve heard drinking stories about. If you don’t want drinking at the party, the first step is to simply control the guest list.
Next, on the invitations, clearly specify that there will be no drinking at the party. It isn’t appropriate, since most of the people are underage, and you just want everyone to be able to have a good time together, without being under the influence.
The final step is to supervise the party. If you let a bunch of teenagers loose in the barn, there will be trouble. That is guaranteed. However, if you stop in once every hour, it will work wonders. You’ll be seen as a caring parent, rather than a hovering annoyance. Try the punch, or whatever beverage is being served. If you detect alcohol in it, throw it out immediately. Nonchalantly look around in corners and check for any signs of bottles or kegs. If you see one, confiscate it immediately.
If you do happen to find alcohol at the party, ask who has had a drink. Tell them politely you would like them to go home and tell them to call a parent. Do not let a drinking teenager drive themselves home; you do not want to feel responsible for a death. Make it clear to your child that if there’s any more drinking, the party is over.
With these easy steps, you have a fail-safe plan to a secure and fun party. Your kid will appreciate the effort you put in, and you won’t be receiving any late-night police calls either.