Ahh yes. That wonderful time of year on the Gold Coast. SCHOOLIES. The word that sends shivers down most mothers’ spines. Dads’ not so much. I’ve always been a little bit smug with Schoolies as my first child finished high school 5 years ago and being the sensible , wonderful child didn’t feel any need to attend . A camping trip down the coast was enough for him. I was happy. Not this time around. Mr 18 year old , (aka) middle child has thrown himself full tilt into Schoolies. My head is spinning and I feel like I have lost all control. I have no idea how I would cope if Bali was on the cards. He knew Bali was never in the picture . It just doesn’t make sense to me. Love and support your child through 13 years of school , celebrate their last weeks of year 12 with a wonderful formal, dinner, dance then pack them off to a third world country where last time I looked it carried a death penalty for drugs. I am starting to hyperventilate now just thinking about it. Some Bali tips for any Schoolie heading over. I have no tips for the mothers except , valium and wine, preferably mixed together.
In the lead up to ‘schoolies’ or ‘leavers’ events it may be a good idea to talk to your child and discuss some of the tips below for staying safe and having a good time in Bali during their celebrations.
DO NOT get a henna tattoo (many are allergic with life changing results)
Do NOT accept drugs. Drugs are illegal (you may end up with a death penalty)
Do NOT ride a motor bike without a helmet, motorbike licence, without travel insurance or while intoxicated
Do NOT get a tattoo – unless you want it FOREVER
Do NOT risk unprotected sex. Use condoms! (Sexually transmitted diseases – including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis are more common than you realise. HIV is FOREVER!)
DO NOT go to money changers down lane-ways, in the back of shops or offering better exchange rates than most other places (it is likely they will try…
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