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Why You Should NEVER Let Your Child Go to a Prom House

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You shouldn’t not.

Prom houses are an integral part of a teen’s high school experience. The idea behind prom houses originates from teens who would rent hotel rooms after prom to celebrate  with groups. This eventually led to teens renting houses with all their friends. Convincing your parents to let you partake in this tradition is a right of passage for high school teens, and those who succeed often go on to become lawyers.

Controversy around Prom Houses has increased, and many parents oppose the tradition. However, Jersey Shore thrives on prom weekend. Home owners say that houses that wouldn’t be rented until summer become fully booked on prom weekend, and hotels report an additional 30-50 rooms are booked compared to average on prom weekend. Jersey Shore boardwalk sees an influx of an additional $30,000 to small businesses on prom weekend. The biggest thing for parents with prom houses is trust. Many parents use this opportunity to test their trust with their kids. Parents who are confident that they have raised their children to make the “right choices” are often the ones who allow teens to partake in this tradition.

Obviously, a serious conversation will precede any teens visit to a prom house. But parents and teens alike see this as an opportunity to show trust in one another. Prom houses may be scary, but they are an important high school experience, and no teen should be denied enjoying a weekend at a prom house with their friends.

Zoe Wright’s Recommended Responses to Parental Interrogation 

Will there be alcohol and alcohol poisoning?

No, underage drinking is ILLEGAL.

Will there be canoodling? 

Absolutely NOT! That is inappropriate and also boys and girls both have cooties (respectively)

Who is going?

ALL of your friends, that’s who. If your parents won’t let you go, use the peer pressure argument. EVERYONE else is doing it, you should too.

Can I go? 

No. Just no, sorry. The chaperone quota has been reached.

Why do you need a house when you have a prom?

For large-scale games of hide and seek of course.

What do you do at this house that you can’t do at home?

Let me drive this point home: hide and seek.  Do you want 20 kids playing hide and seek in your home? yeah, didn’t think so.

Overall Advice

Parents: make your kid fight, argue tooth and nail, and ultimately break down and cry, BUT let them go.

Students: fight, argue tooth and nail, and ultimately break down and cry.

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