Category: Family Values Written by Maggie Holmes
With children, you get used to many different situations, and you just can’t seem to be prepared enough. There are always events that make you realize that you can never be prepared enough for them. As they get older, their little world grows, as well as their needs and wishes.
When they get to puberty you have to consider that socialization is one of the most important aspects of their lives. You just might get the proposition from your child to hold a party. A teenage party, with children in puberty who want to earn the best rank in popularity up to the current trend. This does sound, and as you can assume mostly is a big and scary obligation. Here are tips to help organize a teenage party with your teenager.
It is really important that you and your child plan and prepare the party together. It is a good experience for them to learn about budgeting, event organization, and simply more responsibilities. Create lists, plan out the food, do whatever you like but set the limitations even before speaking with your kid and stick to them. Plan out the week before, the day of the party, and obviously the cleaning up afterward.
Food & beverages
When it comes to food that will be served, even though ordering food sounds like the safest option, you should choose carefully. A party means that someone might be reckless and you might have a lot to clean up so you just might get something that can be vacuumed from the floor and the sofa.
Beverages should be discussed separately. As you are aware, teenagers are interested in alcohol. While you may choose to let them drink those little bottled cocktails, it might be better to just avoid it completely. Additionally, you should check in the entrance as well to avoid surprises from the teenagers’ stomachs. For the other possible issues with digestion, a coke definitely helps as first aid. Be open with your child about what could happen.
Make it a unique experience
Most of the teenagers live in front of their screens, and the global pandemic didn’t help them to actively explore the outside world. Bored teenagers may come up with many crazy ideas that can get them (and you) into trouble. Whatever the location of the party, you might give them the chance to try and experience something different. One of the safest but not at all boring options for example in Melbourne is face painting. Even if you think this is childish fun, imagine everyone coming to a surprise costume ball, or an evening with the makeup artist for girls to learn how to do their own makeup. Thinking outside the box could give them a party they never knew they wanted, your kid will be popular and the chances for problematic behaviour lessened.
Stick to the guest list
Being popular comes with having multiple friends or even friend groups. Beware of the number of invited guests. Don’t go big unless you have a backup of other adults or even a bodyguard that can handle rowdy teenagers if such a situation happens. If a party is shared on social media, it’s hard to control who sees it - some parents avoid this by only using paper or email invitations. If you make a private Facebook event, also double-check if it’s ‘Private’ and ‘Invite Only’.
The special task you’d certainly want to do before the party is the creation of an emergency call list. This list should contain numbers and names of all guests and their parents, as well as the list of the emergency number of the first neighbours that were notified about the party, and the police. You might consider even calling the police beforehand for the gate crashers, the kids who found out about the party or have seen more people on Snapchat and decided to come. Also do get to know the parents of the guests as you should know who is coming to you and who is sending them.
Put away your valuables and spirits
If the kids are coming to your place before the party put away all of the valuables and spirits to the room where kids won’t be in. You could even consider investing in home safe, thus ensuring valuables for the years to come. The spirits and all the alcohol from the house should also be removed from the sight and the usual hiding spots. It is best that even your child is not aware of the alcohol location, just in case. Alcohol consumption can have pretty quick consequences on inexperienced guests and you don’t need to have ruined furniture after one party.
Stay close but subtle
Monitoring kids is not the same if you are dealing with middle schoolers or high schoolers. The younger teenagers might be ok with you being in the same room or checking in occasionally, but how can you check the older ones? If you plan out the entertaining activity, this would be easy-peasy. Why wouldn’t you be interested in face makeup, help with the zippers when they are dressing up, or check the equipment if they have a karaoke night? Try to be a bit sneaky and check them so that they won’t think that you are a nosy, controlling parent.
Your child should have events and grow up while engaging with their peers. Thus they will have good social skills that can help later in life. The connections created at their age are the ones they will remember and possibly even hold some, for a long time. Be there for them, listen, and support their engagement. You will be the coolest parent.
Maggie Holmes is a passionate blog writer who is extremely keen on writing about home improvement and lifestyle. Her exclusive hobby is to surf the net to find amazing articles that can inspire her with some fresh ideas for article writing. She loathes being a common person who wastes her time. Follow her on Twitter.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Maggie Holmes.
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