I work a lot of teenage parties. And it makes me cringe to see so many parents absenting themselves from their child’s event.
They put on a party for their kid, then decide to have their own party with other parents.
As a result, intoxicated adults can be more of an issue than intoxicated teens!
Once you organise a party with your teenager, you must undertake to be physically present at the event, along with other responsible (i.e. NOT intoxicated) parents.
It’s well known that young people skull anything that smells of alcohol.
You therefore need to monitor teens while they’re drinking to ensure it’s done responsibly.
By being present, you and other adults can also:
- Circulate an adequate supply of water and food continually.
- Monitor all outside areas (especially pools, dark corners and bushes).
- Ensure music isn’t deafening neighbours.
- Lock up animals (so they don’t take fright, run off or attack).
- Order taxis at least 30 minutes before a party ends (earlier on busy nights).
- Liaise with adequate/experienced security staff at your event.
Sounds like too much hard work?
Try attending a teen funeral.
Naomi Oakley, Managing Director, U-NOME Security Communication Specialists.