Wrap It Up
- Continue supervising when the party ends. Refer to the contact list if kids are not picked up as planned. If there are delays or changes, or someone says she's using public transportation to get home, phone her parents and speak with them directly. At our party one girl went AWOL with a handful of friends we didn't know well. They were bent on having an unauthorized adventure. We nabbed them, called the girl's parents and sent the group home in a taxi.
- Connect while cleaning. After everyone has left, chat with your teen about the highlights. Ask what went well or what could have been better. Now that you've witnessed the behavior of other kids, you can learn more about your teen's relationships. It's a chance to get a rare glimpse into her complicated social world.
Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.