I've seen teens handle it in many different ways. The boys always need to have a date or they don't go. But I did have one boy take a life-size picture of an actress. Yes, he was the class-clown type. Girls, on the other hand, can go in groups and still save face. Shopping for clothes and everything needed will break the budget if your teen is not careful. Here is a list of dresses under $100 if your daughter is looking. Also, talk to the parents of teens who graduated last year, bet they have a prom dress in the closet somewhere that is beautiful.
Whatever your teen decides to do, there is still going to be pressure. We haven't even gone into the pressure to drink or to have sex that the prom can bring about. We need to keep reminding our teens that if the pressure gets to be too much, we are here to help - in our best non-judgmental way. We can remind them how to make good choices and role play if that is what they need.
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