Parenting Tips: Survive Graduation


The end of May is here and so is graduation with all of its excitement and hope for the future. Parents are proud of their child’s accomplishments, but they could be experiencing a bittersweet range of emotions as they deal with what this all really means. 

Parenting Contributor, Belinda Palacios has tips to help parents survive graduation. 

Top 5 tips to survive the season:

  • Expects a ride on a roller coaster
    • Feelings of joy, sadness, pride, uncertainty, ambivalence will all be present coming and going unexpectedly and with frequency
      • You are in company with this, parents all over the nation will be experiencing the same thing
  • Keep your sense of humor
    • Laughter is the best medicine for stress and this time season is chock-full of stress (back to back events; banquets, prom, celebrations, family in town, etc…)
      • Remember it will not go perfectly… keep the humor when things become overwhelming
  • Celebrate the moment
    • Take time to slow down and enjoy this special time with family and friends
    • Resist the need to rush through things because there are so many to accomplish. Remember this time only comes once in your child’s life.
  • Plan ahead
    • Strategize for what’s to come to avoid being overwhelmed later. So much to do before departures for college, military, job, etc. Important for parents to have a game plan. Kids are reeling at this time and could have difficulty checking off the list/ tying up loose ends.
  • Foster independence
    • Use the knowledge you have of your child’s need to help them predict/ prepare for possible stumbling blocks. Support and help formulate strategies however you cannot do it for them. It’s time for them to take the reins of their life.

Parenting Challenge: Prepare your child that things are going to go wrong and be stressful. When things do become overwhelming or questions arise ensure your child you are just a call, text, facetime away to talk them through it.

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