Another State Patty’s Day is just around the corner. Originally created by students because St. Patrick’s Day fell during spring break in 2007, the popularity of the pseudo-holiday has continued each year, along with the partying, the drinking, the arrests and the emergency room admissions. The event attracts out-of-towners as well as Penn State students to downtown bars and parties in student residences. It also brings worries to families who have concerns about risky behaviors in which young people may engage.
While it may seem like young people just don’t listen, parents, grandparents, teachers and others often have more influence than you might think. Young people say they rely on adults in their lives more than anyone else to help them make tough decisions and to provide good advice. Don’t be afraid to share your concerns. A frank, two-sided discussion of some of these topics could make a difference.