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High School Graduation Advice | Celebrate the Lasts

May I give you some high school graduation advice?

You’re at the start of senior year. This year is unlike any of the others. Yes, there are hard classes + easy classes. You’ll spend time with friends, there are the fun football cheer sections at games.

But this is a year full of LASTS!

This isn’t negative, it’s a positive! This is your year! It’s your lasts and that makes it more meaningful than the past three years.

It’s a year of lasts for the high schooler AND the parents.

If you’re thinking about how sad it is, let me suggest that you turn it into a CELEBRATION!

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I’m the first to admit, I’m a pretty sensitive mama, + get excited about big events (and emotion!).

Emma graduated in 2020.

Let ALL THOSE emotions sink in for a second. Graduate or not, the emotions of 2020 filled a an olympic size pool.

So I offer a few ways to start early and enjoy those precious lasts!!

1/ Pay a Professional Photographer::

This sounds self-serving, I know. But it truly is NOT.

Even if I’m not your photographer, hire a professional to capture your senior’s Last Year in the transition of a child-student into an adult-student. They are one of their last formal portraits until their wedding day.

One step up on high school graduation advice, get their senior portraits AND a family portrait senior year. Pinky-promise you’ll treasure both.

This piece of high school advice was hard for me!

2/ Hold them close, but know when to loosen the leash::

I hope I didn’t scare you off with #1 because this is a biggie too. {personal experience talk here.}

Keep those hugs coming {hopefully they still allow it}. And watch over them as they start making bigger decisions early in their senior year. {college choices, when to get advisement from their counselors..}

Parallel to that, start adding length to your hovering. Take on the role of Tour Guide by mentioning options or alternative ideas for your high schooler to think about.

I am a Helicopter Mom sometimes. But I have an amazing husband who reminds me that I have to let go a little so they can navigate their own success, and failures.

We channel our inner Julie McCoy from the Love Boat. Probably dating myself pretty badly here, but I’m all about giving you that good picture.

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3/ Have a straight talk::

We support our kids in anything they want to try. Living in a smaller town they’ve had great success.

But senior year is the time to prep them for the larger world they’ll be competing in. Tell them of your success and FAILURE.

They CAN SUCCEED when they work hard. There are many college students out there competing in the same careers. Hard work will serve them well. And be real with them, they may not succeed the first or second time, but picking back up after a stumble teaches a valuable lesson.

They need to be their own best supporter at college.

4/ Share a BIG moment::

We go to all their events and cheer them on, but before they graduate, share in one big family moment.

  • Do you both love watching sports? Buy tickets to your favorite college or professional team game
  • Do you love music? Look up what concerts are coming your way
  • Broadway? See that together
  • Been talking about traveling to relatives?
  • Enjoy running? Enter a race together
  • Do you have a charity that you support? Get involved together this year
  • You get the picture📸
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5/ Just us once a month::

We live in a fast-paced, social media whirlwind today.

One day each month, for senior year gather up as a family and go silent + focus on your family being all together. Even if it’s just to turn everything off and make dinner together or play a board game.

Close the outside world out, leave all the school or work stress at the door and just BE IN THE MOMENT.

My last tidbit of high school graduation advice is to encourage every senior + parent to make their own LAST CALL list or bucket list
for senior year!

Here are ideas to get you started::

It brings focus on the moments that matter!

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đź’– Blogger for all things high school + Senior Memories

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P.S. Images are from our Alaskan Cruise. My husband made this year a year of travel to start getting in family trips before Emma graduated. Adding in grandparents adds to the fun too!

Mom’s Check out this post if you have a graduate soon:: High School Advice for Mom + 5 Tips to ease the shock of, “She Can’t Be a High School Senior Already!


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