End of school, end of an era…

Is your daughter coming towards the end of her school days?

It can be time of mixed feelings, when tests and exams are over and she just has a few days left at school.  You can help by marking the change in some way.

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Perhaps she is moving from junior school to senior school.  Or from senior school to college.  Or to start work.  She may feel excited and nervous, or sad and reluctant, or curious and impatient, or scared and challenged, or a mixture of all of these.

It is an important milestone, to leave school and venture forth towards whatever is coming next.

Some schools mark it with a prom or a party but that isn’t for everyone.  Make sure that you also mark it with your daughter in some way.

All too often these transitions go uncelebrated – and the opportunity for boosting your daughter is lost – perhaps at a time when she really needs it, as she leaves what she knows and embarks on something new.

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We want our children to feel a sense of achievement; even when they’ve perhaps not excelled as well as they might, they have completed a significant portion of their life.

Think about how you can create a sense of occasion that would make your daughter feel acknowledged.

We all want our children to feel good about themselves
and making something of important events in their lives can help towards this.

It gives her the message that although a million others are going through this change at this time, you recognise that it is a big deal (however she may be playing it down).

Her little life is significant and important – particularly to you.

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Posted on 10 July 2013
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers, Rites of passage
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