QOTW - Prom Season

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
QOTW - Prom Season
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Tue, 04-23-2013 - 11:55am

I'll admit I stole most of this from CM Melissa (thanks for the legwork Melissa!!) and added in a few extra questions at the end:

Here are some scary statistics related to prom season: 

-Teen traffic deaths during prom season weekend are higher than at any other time of the year.

-An American Medical Association study reported that 10% of parents believed it was appropriate and safe for underage teens to attend both prom and graduation parties where alcohol is served, if a parent is present.

-Most date rapes and sexual assaults against girls are alcohol and drug-related.

-A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services national survey reported 39% of high school senior boys considered it acceptable to force sex on a girl who is intoxicated by alcohol or high on drugs.

Read more stats along with suggestions on how to talk to your teen about prom at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carleton-kendrick/prom-death-and-sexual-assault_b_3115940.html?utm_hp_ref=parents-teens

  • 1.  What are your rules when it comes to prom night?  Do you host a gathering, or allow your child to stay out all night?  Would it make a difference if was parent supervised, even at a hotel?  
  • 2.  Do you contribute to prom costs, if so what's your dollar limit or do you have certain parameters?
  • 3.  Does your school have a junior/senior prom, just a senior prom, and if so, do the juniors have an "equivalent" dance?

4.  Does the prom include dinner at the event or do they go out to dinner separately?

5.  Does the school require breathalyzer tests and/or purse checks upon entering the event?

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 2:43pm

I am so glad your chinese online made to order site worked, ours didn't and that's why we ended up having to go buy another one last minute!  We ordered her's in early March and 10 days ago when they were supposed to be shipping it they informed us that it wouldn't be to us for at least another 2-3 weeks.

I ended up spending $205 on second dress, plus $33 for alterations

She so far is spending: $12.99 on boutinniere, $30 on shoes which she will also wear for graduation and she wore for her cheerleading banquet, about $60 on her nails, she went with acrylics and is going for a pedicure tomorrow.  She's never done acrylics and decided she wanted to try them, if she likes them she'll keep them filled for graduation also.  Not sure how much hair will be, $50 would be a fair estimate, and I assume her BF is paying for both dinner and prom tickets, tickets were $50 for the pair and they are going to a steakhouse for dinner, but it'll be less than $50 for both of them.  And she'll spend another $75 for Sunday for gas, meals and either water pack tickets or tubing rentals depending on what they do.  All in all, for the amount they are doing, I think its reasonable.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 4:10pm

Sneakers are very popular among the girls at our school for prom night. Last year, lots of them just wore their Converses, way more practical for dancing. D wore ballet flats and will probably wear the same ones this year.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 4:20pm

Our prom is junior/senior, and most kids just pay to ride the motor coach the school rents out. Dinner is included. D was invited to an overnight party at someone's lake house, but she broke up with her BF last week and now really doesn't want to go to the after party, since it is being hosted by one of his friends. She's fine with this because she gets cranky when she doesn't get enough sleep

We pay for everything, since she is only sporadically employed as a babysitter. Our dollar limit is "whatever is reasonable and customary," which means no $400 dresses (a lot of girls at her school make a game out of finding theirs at thrift shops, but she didn't have time to hunt one down), no limos, and we make our own corsages because it's fun and way cheaper than buying them!

I don't think the school has breathalyzer tests, but I know that if anyone shows up acting drunk, they'd probably be driven home by one of the chaperones.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 04-27-2013 - 12:21am

This school has a Jr/Sr prom. Dd went last year with 5 girl friends. They had a great time. Tickets were $65 each.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Sat, 04-27-2013 - 12:23am

Our parent group does a post prom. Tons of games and prides.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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