Your Teen Wants to Plan An Own New Year’s Eve Party
There may come a point in your teen’s life when he or she will want to plan their own New Year’s Eve party at the house, and you need to decide if you should let them and if so, how involved you should be in that planning. Obviously you will need to give this some serious thought as you will be responsible for everything that happens during that party, and will want to ensure your teen’s safety as well as their fun.
If you do decide to allow a party at your house, it’s good to be there to oversee the party and to give your teen a firm set of rules they need to obey no matter what. The first rule might be a maximum number of guests, according to what is comfortable for your space and what you can oversee. In most cases ten to fifteen guests will be a good number, or you might allow for a larger amount if you have a larger home and additional help in overseeing the party.
Your teen may want to decorate on their own and you can allow them to do this, again within reason. Be sure to have guidelines on what you cannot allow, such as nails in the wall to hold decorations or stickers of any sort. If they ask for money for the party, give them a budget and offer to assist in planning so they can have a festive atmosphere without overspending. They may also need this budget for purchasing food and drink for everyone. Work with them to find some affordable options such as items you might purchase from a warehouse style food store or items you can make on your own to save money.
It’s good to allow your teen to choose their own music since their taste will probably be different than yours, but you can also give them a limitation on the volume. You can also step in and put a stop to indecent dancing if needed.
Your teen also needs to be prepared to clean up after the party. It may be good to have them start doing this right after the party ends as some guests may pitch in and help. They may be tired right after the party so you might wait until New Year’s Day to have them clean, but be sure they do it themselves just as they would if they were an adult.
While you want to oversee the party you don’t necessarily need to be there the whole time; pop in and out every half hour or so to refill snacks and beverages so you can ensure everyone is behaving, but don’t linger or try to make yourself part of the party. This will let your teen have fun on their own while still getting supervision.