Advice from the Parents of Graduates
We asked a few parents of kids who have graduated this question:
“If you could go back in time: what would you have told yourself on your child’s first day of school that would have helped you through the journey even until that very last day?”
Their responses have been a great mix of witty, wise, and most are quite profound.
Todd: “In my mind’s eye, I see 5 year old Andrew standing on the corner in front of our house waiting for the bus the day he started Kindergarten in the fall of 1995. The best advice I can give is Make the most of every minute. Sit in the stands during the seemingly endless T Ball games, sit in that camp chair with an umbrella over your head during the rainy soccer games. Take the vacation. Watch their face on that first roller coaster ride sitting next to them in the front seat. Be the Marching Band Dad. Be there. Make the memories. When they fall, let them pick themselves up, but be ready to catch them. When the day comes that they walk across the stage to receive their diploma, be it high school, undergrad or grad school; and later while they stand at the altar waiting on their bride, you will smile through the tears and I remember “I was there” And they will remember it too.“
Marci: “Tell your children every day that you are proud of them, that you believe in them. Show them how to gracefully accept defeat and let them know that if they gave it their all that they’re still a winner!”
Jamie: “It is OK to remind them: ‘I told you so.’ Kids sometimes have to learn lessons the hard way, but as they get older you will probably hear ‘Mom (or Dad), you were right’ a lot more often. It’s a good moment when your kids learn that they can come to you for trustworthy advice.”
Bruce: “Be. More. Patient. Things have a way of working themselves out, so give your worries to God. Remember Philippians 4:6“
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERY SITUATION, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Dr. Lisa: “Nothing is too big for God.” – Keep reminding yourself of this.
Comment below if you have some advice for parents beginning or in middle of the school age era.