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Back Talk: Got plans for prom? (And do your parents know?)

 

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TribLocal and The Mash, the Chicago Tribune’s weekly newspaper and website serving teenagers in the city and suburbs, recently asked area high school students about the most pressing questions they have for members of their parents’ generation. As part of the regular Back Talk column, we’ll pose these questions to TribLocal’s parent bloggers, who are able to draw on their own experiences raising kids in the suburbs.

Editor’s note: The following letters have been edited for clarity and length.

QUESTION: What are your plans for prom and have you talked these plans over with your parents?

Liz Amanieh, Fremd High School

Liz Amanieh, Fremd High School

I plan on going to the golf course by my house to take pictures with my date and group! Our group decided that a limo is pointless, so we’re going to drive separately with our dates to prom.

My plans for after prom are to go along with what my school’s tradition of going to Navy Pier. The after-prom there consists of more dancing and food, and the school buses everyone over there.

After the bus bring us back, everyone in my group is going to a sleepover at my house. The next morning we will all take the train and spend the day at the beach! I told my parents about our plans and they were OK with them but suggested maybe skipping the beach, since we might be a little too tired.

We’re still debating what we might do after the prom, but we know we want to spend that day together. We might get sick of each other after a long weekend, but I think it will be a great last memory together with my closest friends!

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Kelsey Farrell, Victor J. Andrew High School

Kelsey Farrell, Victor J. Andrew High School

Seeing as I don’t have any plans for going to prom, I’m in a bit of a more honest mood than some of my classmates. Next year when I do shine up my dancing shoes and help pay my share of the limo, however, I’d like to think that I’ll be totally honest with my mother about where I’m going and what I’m doing.

It might be the paranoid part of my brain, but I don’t want to end up as the “prom night runaway” on the 10 o’clock news. I’d like to be straightforward with my mom about my plans, just in case anything goes wrong.

 

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Varnell Perez, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Varnell Perez, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

I don’t plan on attending my senior prom. Instead of being around my classmates for another unnecessary day, I’m choosing to go to an 18-and-over concert in the city with a few of my friends.

My parents know about my plans to skip out on prom, and they’re OK with it. It saves us both quite a bit of money and it’s not like they’re not going to know where I am or what I’m doing that night.

I know a few of my friends who will be going to prom are using it as an excuse to just to go to the after-parties where illegal things may or may not be happening. They most likely will (be doing those things), though, they’re teens.

A few parents may know what their kids are doing that night, and I know some of them will be OK with it because that’s what they expect their kids to do on a night as “special” as prom night. With all these after-parties going on, what would be a fair curfew time?

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