Things You Can Do to Make Leaving School Easier For Your Kid
The last year of school is hard for everyone. There is so much to think about. You have exams, college applications, people are only talking about prom when they aren’t studying, and with all that it barely occurs to you that you won’t see your closest friends every day once the year is out. It’s a lot to take on, and, as a parent, you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to help.
Well, there is. Read our guide to making the last few weeks of school as easy as possible.
Know when to help, and when to not
Studying is stressful, no matter who you are. Your child could be the school genius, truly passionately interested in their curriculum, and yet the stakes are added, and suddenly there is stress.
This might bring some testy manners. When your child has their head in a book, don’t approach. Tiptoe around the room if they are using a communal area, and when they come out to breathe, then ask them if there is anything you can help with.
And you can help. Quiz them on random facts and ask them to explain more complex ideas to you. It’s not (entirely) for your benefit. Saying it out loud and having to think about what they are saying, rather than reciting a long answer, will help them to understand and remember the material. You can find some more study tips online to use.
Commemorate Their Years For Them
Most of us feel a greater sense of appreciation for our schooldays as adults than we did when we were fresh out of finals, so getting proactive about celebrating and preserving your kid’s memories is a great way of giving them a gift that will grow more special over the years and decades.
It’s guaranteed that it will not occur to your kids that they’re not going to see their friends as much until they are at graduation. There will be a lot of tears. There will be happy tears, sure, but there will also be sad tears.
You can make this easier with a little gift. Chances are, your Google Photo albums are filled with snapshots from school plays, recitals, sports days, birthday parties and dances. You can use all of these to create a series of Google photo books that celebrate every stage of their school years – and the friends they made along the way. You can give it to them as a graduation present – along with some tissues.
Make prom the best it can be
Prom gets touted as the be all and end all of the high school experience. If you haven’t been, you simply haven’t gone to school. And as much as we’d all like to tell the teens that it’s not like how Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You make it look but it’s more a boring dinner party where you have to pretend you like making small talk to the teachers, that’s not productive.
Instead, you can make prom as enjoyable as possible in any way you can. This is the last hurrah before adulthood hits, and if that dress isn’t perfect, we’ll find one that is.