"My Daughter Was Left at Prom!"

Suggestions & Scenarios

Once your daughter sets her emotions aside, ask her, "What could you have done?"

  • Decline the invitation so that he could go with his newly identified girlfriend.
  • Find others to enjoy the evening with.
  • Go to him at the dance and say, "Let's dance, and remember I'm your date. I'm willing to share you for the evening but I don't want to be completely ignored."
  • Find a boy who is there alone and dance with him.

Once she's problem solved through those scenarios, ask her what she would like to do now.

  • Tell the young man what a miserable evening she had.
  • Tell the girlfriend as well -- after all she was a full participant in the circumstances too.
  • Let him know that common etiquette dictates that if you invite someone to prom that you don't leave her for another, no matter the personal circumstances involved.
  • Ask for an apology.
  • Do nothing -- drop it.
  • Never go to a prom again.
  • Have you speak with his parents, on her behalf.

Next Steps

If she decides to confront all parties involved and air her feelings, it's important that she not swear at them or call them ugly names. She simply needs to tell them how she felt, what she had expected of him, and how he should handle himself in the future if a similar situation arises. She can also quote basic courtesy and ask for an apology.

You can talk to the parents if she and you together deem it necessary and appropriate in order to put the situation to rest for your daughter's sake.

It's also best if both of you can have these conversations face-to-face rather than via text messaging or e-mail. Too much communication can be lost or implied through these mediums.

Moving On

Then it's time for both of you to drop the subject and move on. There's no need to keep bringing it up and rehashing what happened.

If she decides to do nothing, drop this friend and his girlfriend, and find other friends, doing so would be fine too. This young man and his girlfriend may not be worth using up any more of her emotional energy. She'll likely opt to go to the prom next year and have a great time!

Jan Faull, MEd, is a veteran parent educator and the author of four parenting books, including Darn Good Advice -- Baby and Darn Good Advice -- Parenting. She writes a biweekly parenting advice column for this site and a weekly parenting advice column in the Seattle Times. Jan Faull is the mother of three grown children and lives in the Seattle area.

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2007.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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