We have changed our name from the NEW TRADITION COALITION to DRAW THE LINE LAWRENCE so it better fits our purpose and mission. We call on all community members to come together and DRAW THE LINE on underage drinking and drug use for a healthier and safer place to live.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


One of the best ways to let your teen care is to connect with the parents and families of their friends. Connecting with other parents is a great way to create some accountability as our teens get older and have more independence. With our busy schedules, this may be easier said than done. Here are a few things we can do with little effort. You undoubtedly have more ideas. Please leave your comments below. Remember, it really does take a village.

  • Sit with other parents when attending sporting events.

  • When dropping off or picking up your child at a friend's house, go up to the door to meet the parents.

  • Ask your child to introduce you to parents when you are at school events or other functions.

  • Ask your child to introduce themselves, say hello and good bye every time they go to someone else's home. Parents need to know who is in their home.

  • Call parents who have hosted your child and say thanks.

  • Invite your child's friends parents and family over for a visit.

  • Go to parent meetings hosted at Free State High School every month. Invite other parents as well. (See schedule on this blog.)

  • Make sure your child knows you want their friends to say hello and good bye when they come over. Ask your child to let his/her friends know that you expect them to touch base when they come over.

  • Exchange cell numbers, work numbers and email addresses of parents whose children are close to yours.

  • Sign the Parent Pledge and join the Parent Directory on this blog site.

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