The transition to high school can be tough for parents. You realize that this is your last hooray with your kids, and a flood of emotions emerge. My kids are only 5 & 2, but as a middle school counselor, I have the privilege of watching other people’s children transition from elementary to middle & middle to high school. Kwame, author of MissKwame76, shares her experience of the high school transition and the challenges it brought for her.
Two weeks ago, my beautiful little girl officially became a high school freshman. Unlike previous school years, this time, I was prepared. We researched the dress code and bought all the clothing she needed over the summer. I bought the school supplies, we finished the summer biology homework way ahead of schedule and even completed the athletics forms so she could participate in the golf team’s practice session day one.
Everything was figured out. Or so I thought.
My daughter was excited to go back to school. Honestly, who wouldn’t be? She gets to hang out with her friends again and meet new ones in the process.
I, on the other hand, was overcome with stress and anxiety. In my quest to be a prepared mom, I realized I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this milestone would make me.
Here are a few important lessons I learned as I navigated my first two weeks as the mom of a high school freshman.