Prom Night – The Ultimate Celebration for Our Daughters

0c557d42396fa7225eb3e181f5811d5fMoms, are you running from pillar- to- post looking for the perfect dress, shoes, a make-up artist, a hairstyle and all of the accessories that go along with your daughter’s prom?  Prom Night is the ultimate night for our beautiful daughters as they prepare for a fun night with their peers.  Fancy gowns, limos, make-up, hair, and all of the other accessories that go along with making our daughters look like a beautiful princess, a run-way model or “DIVA.”

Family and friends will gather to participate in a “prom send-off” as they are getting ready to walk the red carpet to their limo or transportation.   What is a prom send-off?  .  It is a flamboyant pre-event gathering many call “the send-off.”  According to an article from the Chicago Tribune, it is a ritual in the African-American community that now accompanies the prom.  Friends, family, community leaders and residents greet and celebrate teenagers on a red carpet just before couples depart.

On Monday, April 24, 2017 on “Moms Talk on Monday,” a few moms chimed in about plans for “prom night.”  Some of the concerns were- transportation to and from the prom, after prom events, alcohol consumption and deciding on an appropriate curfew.  One mom suggested UBER Black as an option for transportation to the prom.  UBER BLACK is an Uber service  driven by professional chauffeurs in luxury cars.  I will most definitely consider using this option especially for my daughter and her date.

After “prom” events, why wouldn’t they just call it night and come home, LOL?  It’s a tradition that after the prom, most will want to go out to eat, party, or stay out all night.  A few of the moms advised that they were aware of the after prom events but will have to get all of the details and logistics before they give their daughters the green light to attend.  Although I’ve been called the “helicopter mom” for trying to protect my daughter from this mean world, I wear my title with pride.  With all that’s going on with missing girls in our DMV area, human trafficking, and other crimes against our daughters, I’m not wavering even on prom night.  I always’ tell my daughter she will get it when she becomes a parent and has children.  I chimed in with the mom about the details for the after prom events, if it’s not thought out and I don’t have a warm and fuzzy about it, no green light for me.  I’m not concerned with being my daughter’s friend, even on prom night.

On our telecom, we also shared our concerns about the number of kids who are already consuming alcohol.  I will have the conversation with my daughter and I hope most parents will also address the consequences of drinking and driving.

The last topic on our agenda was the “curfew.” What is a reasonable curfew for “prom night.”  Some may say they are 18 years old now, as if they are grown -they are not in my opinion.  With my daughter’s prom being hosted almost an hour away, I’m looking at 3:00AM as her curfew.  Determining a reasonable curfew that mom, dad and daughter will agree upon is still being negotiated for most families.  I know each mom, dad, family and guardians have their own opinions and beliefs about curfews.  For me, I’m going with my gut feeling and with what feels right for me and my daughter.

Thank you to all of the moms who chimed in on “Moms Talk on Monday.”  Good conversation and great ideas.

We love our daughters.  #MotherDaughterInitiative  #PromNight

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