Okay friends, I’m going to need some input on this one. What is an appropriate age to attend prom?
Here’s why I ask…. we have a 14-year-old freshman that’s going this weekend. Personally, I think he’s too young. The fact that his girlfriend is a junior really doesn’t put my mind at ease… at all. Now just so you understand, this boy lives with his mom so I wasn’t in the position to give or not give permission. I only came into the equation when I found out we were expected to pay for his tux. We won’t get into that part of the issue as it’s still a bit of a sore spot between me & the Mr.
Now then, whether I like it or not this boy will be going to prom this weekend. He’s a good kid. I’m sure she’s a good kid. I still say he’s too young. I must admit that I’m basing this on my prom experiences.
I remember my friends deciding whether or not to get a hotel room for the night. I remember kids sneaking liquor into their limo (not necessarily the friends pictured below, just couldn’t resist showing off the awesome hairstyles). I remember the parties. I remember the stories.
I realize not every kid parties & drinks. In fact, our other son… the 18 year old high school senior went to his prom last weekend and it was fine. I guess I was just more prepared to deal with the decisions our 18 year old would be faced with. I don’t like to think about a 14 year old having to navigate those same decisions.
The hardest part is that both of these boys are my step-sons. When I talk about my concerns my husband gets very protective. I get it. Our protective instincts kick in for our “originals”. Plus, my sweet man was such a good boy in high school. Perhaps he’s a bit naive. Perhaps I’m a bit paranoid. Hopefully we balance each other out.
As far as this Saturday night goes. I hope the kids have fun, but not too much fun. I’ll be praying for their safety & their choices. And I’ll be eager to hear what age you think is the right age for prom. (just for the record my vote is “high school junior” and/or 16)