Senior Year Bucket List For Moms

January 15, 2019  •  2 Comments

Wow.  One really doesn't understand what it's like until your own children are in high school.  The emotions surrounding the thoughts of them leaving home are overwhelming.  Each year brings you closer and closer to the end.  Or the beginning.  Or let's just say to lots of changes for everyone in the house.  

I'm now at this point in my life.  Seeing all the senior moms' postings every May about their kids graduating gets me all teared up.  I will be there shortly.  I'm not ready.  So, I'm writing this blog post for myself as much as I am writing it for you.

 

Okay, so here goes...the list of all the things we need/want to do before our kids leave home.

 

1.  Hire a professional photographer to create a family portrait.  

Once they leave home, it's so hard to get everybody together for a family portrait.  And, if you procrastinate too long, they will have a family of their own.  Hire a professional, have your portrait printed and display it in your home.  It will bring you joy, I promise you.

 

2.  Give them something special.

Whether it's a watch, a piece of jewelry, or something special from your childhood, give them a memento that will commemorate their senior year.  Make it a special event so they understand the meaning of it and will always remember it.  

 

3.  Tell them how much you love them.

Let them know that no matter their failures, successes, or their choices, you will always love them and be there for them.  Let them know that you will always have their back and they can come to you for any reason.  We may think they know this already but maybe they don't.  Maybe you've never told them directly.  Do it now.  

 

4.  Start to let go.

The last half of their senior year, try letting up on them a little.  Allow them more freedom and loosen the reins a bit.  Let's face it, a few more months and they will do what they please anyway.  It will be hard not knowing where they are are what they are doing every minute.  Think of this as an adjustment period for both of you.  

 

5.  Hugs and Kisses

Hold them close every chance you get.  Savor these moments because we all know they will fly by.  Hug and kiss them before they leave for school or you leave for work.  Sit with them while they play video games.  Take time for little talks at night before bed.  Be in the moment.  And enjoy every last thing. 


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