Tips for Parents during Graduation Time

 Here Come Area High School Graduations, and Mom and Dad are freaking OUT!  Belinda shares some tips on how to deal with this family transition.

How can parents cope?
– Step back. Focus on being proud instead of trying to hang on.
– Participate. Attend senior functions, college parent orientations, etc.
– Be available. Talk, but more importantly, listen, to your senior’s hopes and fears.

The Evolution of Relationship
– You will still hold some responsibility.
– Enjoy as the parent/child relationship blossoms to one of equality at both an adult and friendship level.  

Time for the kids to start making their decisions. 
– What they want to do after high school (military, college, etc.)
– What they want to do for careers. Parents cannot force a career on a kid.  Let them do what makes them happy. 
-Continue to be a support for your kid when they are away.  Set up regular times for contact and be sure and keep them in the loop with family events/ activities.  
This Week’s Parenting Challenge: Take the time to cope. Allow and encourage your spouse to cope as well. 

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