Graduation is indeed a proud and momentous occasion. What a joy for all involved!
But like so many momentous occasions, graduations can bring some unexpected stressors –strong emotions, logistical challenges surrounding parties and out-of-town guests, gift buying dilemmas –all things that can put a difficult spin on a time that is supposed to be wonderful. The key to enjoying this milestone is in doing some advance planning!
*When buying graduation gifts, remember to think of the recipient and the next stage of their life. Consider school colors, new living situations (dorm rooms vs. a first apartment; local vs. out of state), and shipping costs. Be sure to get a gift receipt in case the gift needs to be exchanged. Pass along a keepsake if you have one that is meaningful.
*High School and college students are always thrilled with gift cards and cash. Add a nice note telling them how proud you are of them!
*Have a calendar of all graduation events posted for all to see. Be sure that the graduate knows the dress code (and has the proper clothes!) for each event. Parking and seating are notoriously hard to come by at graduation ceremonies – leave extra time to avoid the crowd!
*If you are thinking of throwing a graduation party with family and friends, let your graduate have some input. While you may want to invite everyone to share in the excitement, it’s an emotional time for your child and he or she may not want all the attention on them. Consider a small get together if this is the case.
*Have the party details wrapped up ahead of time so you can enjoy the day! Plan the menu, decide on the decorations and complete your shopping as far ahead as possible.
*If your graduate is moving out of the house, be sure to set up a schedule to keep in touch. Weekly video chats will keep you connected and informed of their progress and can be as quick or as lengthy as your child’s schedule permits.
Finally, remember to have a good time and ENJOY your child’s grad