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High School Advice for Mom | Batavia IL Senior Photographer

Our Summer is slip-sliding away. It’s time to start prepping for another school year + some high school advice.

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When Mom’s help Mom’s with things we’ve learned over the years, it’s a WIN – WIN!

We’re enjoying the last few weeks of Summer at our house + fitting in our summer list of ideas. I wrote my Summer Bucket List post using some of their ideas.

If you’re looking for something new to finish out your summer have a peek at that post.

And now, a few bits of high school advice from past Senior Mama’s that will help you settle in this year.

These high school tips help all us mom with teens. With the radically different personalities of my two teens, I am always adapting + changing. And Movin’ + Groovin’. 😃

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“Spend as much time as you can with your senior!

“Everything changes the moment you drop them off at the new school. Everything is different. They aren’t your child anymore, and even though they still need you and miss you, it’s never in the same way.”

“The house is never the same again either. So enjoy this time. Really cherish the moments and do things with them, even if you’re tired or stressed or overloaded. Step back and put everything aside for whatever they are asking you to do. Love them, hug them, and spoil them for one last year before they go away.”

-Stacy {Mama to 3 Graduates}

“The college binder saved me.”

“I had a college binder with tabs for each school so we could keep track of scholarships and information all in one spot. Made it easier to make the decision on where to go.”

-Ashley {Mama to 2018 Graduate}

“Get applications out of the way in the Summer.”

“Try and do applications and essays during the summer. Even if they finish them later. After school starts, it will be less stress while managing school too.

Check dates and follow up that everything is being received by the colleges. There’s usually a portal that tracks that info at each university you apply. Just breathe it’s going to be an emotional year.”

-Julie {Mama to 3 Graduates}

“Try to savor it.

“So much of Senior year is focused on what they will do after high school, and it goes by really, really quickly.”

“Reply to all the schools you think you might want to go to early.”

“Lastly if you’re going to apply for scholarships, I used a manila folder for each one and wrote the due date on the outside, along with what needs to go with the application so you can check the things off as you get them done. (Requesting transcripts, letter of reference etc.)”

-Kammy {Mama to 2018 Graduate}

“Make sure to check ALL the dorms.”

“If you are going on college visits, check out all the dorms. The newest dorm complex may not be the best. Even if you decide to stay local, a dorm may be the best place for them to stay, that way you’re not arguing about the car or paying thru the nose for a parking permit!”

-Katie {Aunt to 2016 Graduate}


Apply for those scholarships! -Megan {2017 Graduate}

A lot more to come with your very own High School Checklist to help you navigate these high school years.

If you’re not already in Sparkle Notes, sign up now so you don’t miss it. Only comes to your inbox once-a-month so I’m not clogging up your e-mail 😉

Cheers + Sparkles to your high school years {again} Mom!

💖-Andrea | High School Senior Photographer

P.S. If you’re looking to get a head start on your senior portrait ideas, start with my 25 Tips to Senior Portraits FREEBIE!


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