You are probably thinking, “Where did the time go? My baby is going to be a Senior!”
Well Congratulations! What an exciting time for all of you. I experienced my youngest child becoming a senior two years ago. As you consider scholarship applications, colleges, and graduations, take a step back for a second. Here are three (3) steps to help you prepare for your child becoming a high school senior:
1. Listen to your child
Talk to them. They will be leaving you sooner than you think. What are they passionate about? Have you had the chance to speak with them about their majors for college, enlisting in the military or going to work full-time if that is their choice? Do they have any concerns with friends, family, college, or moving away? Listening to them could create the open communication that will be valuable in future years.
2. Create special experiences with your child and you
Take them to coffee, lunch, dinner, or hiking one or two times per month. Alternate the events and let them choose the locations as long as the experiences vary. Your child will remember these memories when they are on their college campus, while at work or in a military bunk.
3. Visit college campuses with your child
It is important not only for them to research their college choices, but if its in the same state, visit the campuses. You and your child will have a better experience visiting the college by buying a memento from the college, talking with current students and soaking in the college experience.
Enjoy this time with your child. They will appreciate the connections and will treasure the closeness.