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February 22, 2013

Health, safety are main concerns

NORMAN — Q: I’m pretty sure I overheard my daughter talking to a friend about spending the night because the parents were going to provide alcohol. She is only in eighth grade. Please tell me parents aren’t actually doing this, and if they are, what should I do?

— Dennis, Del City

Dear Dennis,

We would love to be able to tell you that this isn’t going on, but we can’t. It is disturbing to find out not only parents are doing this but how many are doing it.

Many schools offer a safe home pact that parents can voluntarily sign at the beginning of the year saying they won’t provide alcohol or drugs for anyone underage. Unfortunately, some parents believe “they’re going to do it anyway — I’d rather them do it at my house.”

We are not here to judge what parents choose to do with their own children. However, if alcohol and/or drugs are being provided to others, it is a serious offense and punishable by law.

What to do? That’s the hard part. Impressing upon your daughter why it’s wrong, dangerous and unlawful would be our first suggestion. You could always insist the kids come to your house to spend the night.

Don’t be afraid to approach the other parent, tell them what you’ve heard and insist that your child not be a part of this. Your daughter may not be happy with you but, once again, her health and safety are your main concerns.

Q: My son is interested in playing sports at the college level. We have heard several other parents talking about registering with the NCAA and know nothing about it. Do you happen to know what we should do?

— Larry, Moore

Dear Larry,

As a matter of fact, we do know about this. Any athletes, male or female, need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if they want to continue in sports in college. This is true for any level, Division 1, Division 2, etc. Your son’s coach should’ve already been talking to you or your son about this if they knew his intent.

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