Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Things Moms Of Seniors Should Know

My son recently graduated, so I wanted to share some knowledge with the upcoming senior parents. It can be a stressful and overwhelming time. Trust me, I know. Plus, add a pandemic on top of regular emotional feelings and you can get a bit of a train wreck. But. I have tips to make it slightly easier.





1. You don't need to buy everything in the Josten's Senior Year Packet that'll get. It'll be tempting but honestly, you can buy a lot of senior stuff cheaper in stores like Walmart or Target. Graduation stuff usually starts popping up on shelves in May.





2. Get professional senior photos or take your own. The school might have a company they use for yearbook photos, but seriously, take your own. It'll be more personal.





3. The year will go by fast. One second it'll be September, the next it's time for graduation. Savor all you can.



4. You can order a cheap cap and gown on Amazon. We did this so we could take senior photos earlier in the year. Sometimes you won't receive the cap and gown until right before graduation.



5. Oh and yes, you'll get choked up seeing them in their cap and gown for the first time. You might be teary the entire senior year, and that's okay.


6. You don't have to throw a graduation party. We didn't. We're headed to Walt Disney World instead.




7. Your child will probably have "senioritis" and think they don't have to finish their work. Remind them that they do in order to graduate.


8. Don't push college. If they want to go, fine. If not, remember it's not the end of the world. Everyone has to choose their own path.


9. Give them extra love. While it's an exciting time, it's also a nerve-racking one as well. Have patience. Reassure them. And remind them that you are always here. They might be grown, but you're their parent for life.





So yes, senior year can be a tumultuous time, but I promise, everything will be okay. Written from a mom who has gone though it and will be back in a few years.



25 comments:

  1. I'm not ready! At least I have 2 more years!

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  2. These sound like some wonderful tips for parents of people who are seniors - the tips on not buying from the catalogue is wonderful as well!

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  3. These are all such great tips. I think the biggest ones are the package and party tips. You don't have to break the bank on all the bells and whistles.

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  4. Those are all great ideas and a good way to deal with the graduation. My kids both graduated last year prepandemic and did not want a big party.

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  5. Amazon has everything. I would have never thought to get a cap and gown from them. Congratulations to your son!

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  6. Sounds like an emotional time. Enjoy your time in Disney World! I can't wait to go again.

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  7. I love this info! My son who is at a military academy just informed me that his class ring is going to cost $1700. Thank goodness he is working to pay for it but I think he was hinting so I could help pay also

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  8. You don't have to throw grad party WHAT!!! LOL...It is great that your son is onboard with not having a party...

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  9. I love these tips. My kiddos are still in elementary and I'm already thinking about how I will miss them when they graduate high school.

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  10. These are great! My nephew is going to graduate next year. Definitely something I can pass along to my sister!

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  11. Great tips!. Need to focus into the necessary things in education. Break the convention

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  12. This is such useful advice for parents. They become seniors fast!

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  13. Oh my goodness! My oldest is starting high school and I'm totally weirded out about it. Thanks for these tips though, will be helpful in 4 years :)

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  14. Well Disney instead of a party sounds perfect for me! Congrats to your son!

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  15. I am not even a mom yet but it was a very interesting read for me. You should know more about things

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  16. All these points, specifically point 9 are so so important!

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  17. These are really great tips. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  18. Glad you shared your experience with us and these tips and ideas are very helpful and useful truly..this sounds so interesting..great work though...

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  19. I love tip 8. It's been a topic of discussion between my husband and I. I completely agree that everyone needs to find their own path. I went for teaching and don't teach. He went for veterinary medicine and is an incredible specialist. We're all different! If my kids find an amazing career without going to college then so be it. As long as they find something they love and can support themselves doing it.

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  20. Getting a child to the senior year of high school is a major accomplishment for a family. It is tempting to go crazy nd go overboard, but that is not necessary.

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  21. This is interesting tip for moms of seniors. I am in support of 8 and 9 especially in this global world with things changing everyday. There is a need to encourage these seniors on their life choices.

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  22. I enjoyed reading this post especially because I teach and I understand how those conversations are so important.

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  23. I'm a sucker for the school catalogs. I can only imagine how much junk I will end up buying with a senior. Please talk me off the cliff and remind me that I have never, ever worn my senior ring.

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  24. Good to see you have a lovely bond with your kid. Congrats to him and wish hm luck for the next stage of life!

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  25. I have some time till I will go through the senior period. Wish you all good luck for the next step of your life!

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