April is a great month for many reasons, but if you lead or parent high school girls, chances are you’ve heard all about (and most likely spent some money on) PROM. From the dress to the hair to the nails and all the little details, prom is an insanely fun time for the young woman in your life. Think about it: this is one of the only times in her life (other than her wedding) that she can dress up this fancy, so prom should be a momentous event for her.
In the midst of all this fun, though, it is your joyful duty as parent, small group leader, or other leadership role to help them keep their eyes on their King rather than on themselves….and we want to help! We have compiled a list of tips, tricks, and hacks to help you help them make the most of this special night:
Save that money.
–There are are myriad ways to spend, spend, spend, but how do you help your girls steward money well? Think about your talents: Are you great at doing makeup? Hair? Nails? Get together with other moms and leaders, compile your strengths, and offer to help the girls get ready.
–How about the dress? It is not uncommon for a parent to pay upwards of $600 for a prom dress, but don’t panic yet – there are many consignment retailers like Charlotte’s Closet that allow girls to rent dresses for up to 75% off the retail price.
–Do you have some of jewelry you don’t mind parting with for a night? Instead of having them buy brand-new jewelry they’ll only wear once, offer your own as an alternative option.
-Even if your girl(s) already have their dress bought and all appointments made, it is important for you to be an active part of this day. Offer to go to the appointment with them – and hey, you might even get a little spa day for yourself!
-Offer to go take pictures with them. You’ll capture some really fun moments, and this is a perfect time to send them off to dinner and dancing covered in prayer. Spend a few last moments asking the Lord to bless their time and to help them to make wise, godly decisions.
-Prom night can either be a fun extension of the evening, or it can be a breeding ground for temptation. Offer to have a girl’s night at your place and provide snacks, a movie, and/or breakfast the following morning. Not only will this ensure their safety, but it can be a great opportunity to debrief about the evening together.
We want prom to be both an enjoyable and memorable experience, both for you and your girls. It can be one of the highlights of your year together and, for some, your last hurrah before they graduate and go off to college. We hope this short guide helps you lead them well!
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