Unsolicited Prom Advice


Nothing good ever happens after midnight. If you learn nothing else from this, please just remember this truism. Prom is a time that should be memorable - hopefully for good reasons. So I am here to tell you to have fun, enjoy your friends.....but be safe.

Limos, prom dresses, tuxedos, music, food, laughter, fun and maybe after-parties and/or overnights down at the shore. All of these things bring back memories. Yes, it was long ago but I went to high school once too, you know. Music popularity may have gone from R.E.M. to Avicii but the activities, as well as the celebration that comes with these events, will always be similar.


Do the math. Too many kids in one car: bad idea. Getting in the car with someone who shouldn't be driving: very bad idea. Anything that makes you think about it more than usual should be an alert that maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. Statistics are a way to quantify history; if you're going to be a statistic, be a good one.


“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw Communicate with your parents so they know where you are and that you have arrived safely to your various destinations. The stress and worry your parents experience while you are having a great time is considerable. A quick text stating your status is the least you can do, don't you think?


The wrong combinations can cause an unfavorable result. Prom is not the time to experiment and take a chance. Know the reactants, know the potential products, and make smart decisions.


A day, week, month, year....ten years- prom will be history. An event that will live in your memory, one that you will share on occasion but also refer to with your kids. Make sure the history you create is positive and filled with great memories. We've all heard stories on both sides. Do everything you can to create positive history for yourself.

Have a great time with your friends. Be respectful of your parents’ requests and communicate with them. Make good decisions and remember that things can go in either direction in a quick moment. And most of all, have fun, enjoy but remember, nothing good happens after midnight.