Monthly Series for Parents of High School Seniors: September
Note: each month we're giving parents of seniors a spiritually encouraging "checklist" to capture the best moments from senior year. Sign up to automatically get a full year's worth of memory-making ideas, plus these articles as monthly emails HERE.
September: Enjoying fall sports and activities for the last time
Whether it’s football games, band performances, dances, or academic clubs, this month marks the final fall stretch of events, ceremonies, and competitions.
Fellow parent—get your camera ready and prepare to be a super fan. (You can even go paparazzi-style. We won’t judge.)
The goal of this fall kick-off month is to set a celebratory tone for the whole year. Enjoy capturing the memories that will eventually all come together on your teen’s senior collage, even if each milestone tugs on your heart a little. Also, try these three things--
3 Ideas for September
A memory to capture: An everyday moment
There will be lots of milestones to capture this month, but this is a friendly reminder to soak up the simple, ordinary, everyday moments, too (because truthfully these are the moments you’ll miss most once your teen has flown the nest).
Ideas for these everyday moments includes their messy room, their backpack left at the foot of the stairs, their favorite meal, or even just hanging out on the sofa in the evening.
A conversation to have: Ask your teen, “So, where are we right now on the college/future plans thing?”
I’m guessing that you’ve already had this conversation. The truth is that you’ll be having it again and again all year. The purpose of these talks is twofold: one, to get a status update on to-do’s, and two, to help guide your teen in the decision-making process. Do you need to schedule campus visits? Would it be a good idea to retake the SAT's? Hash out what’s next, who’s responsible, and when the tasks are due.
A life skill to teach: Laundry
To the parent whose child has been laundering their own clothes for years—feel free to disregard this next section (maybe identify another life skill your teen doesn’t have yet). But to the parent whose teen is still unfamiliar with the impact of a red sock in a load of whites, now is the time for some laundry 101 training and plenty of practice.
Parting parenting inspiration:
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13: So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
Next up: Planning becomes more serious in October