Allowing your teenager to go to a party
When it comes to social gatherings at someone else’s house, trust your instincts and check things out.
A get-together, with easy access to alcohol and no supervision, is potentially a bad combination. Parents can be told that everybody is going, “I would be the only one not allowed to go if you said no” and although this may be the perception of your child, the reality may be something different.
If you agree that your child can go to the party:
Make it clear that if you have agreed with your child that they will not take any alcohol from home without your permission, you would regard this as stealing.
Remember to agree plans about alcohol with your child before they go to the party. If they then decide to go against their word, explain what the consequence will be.
Make sure you are contactable and can be available to collect them if things aren’t going to plan and they want to leave early.