Getting Ready To Leave The Nest

How to prepare physically (and emotionally) for your kids to move on to the next step after high school.

Think back ten years… you were getting ready to send your child off to second grade. Helping them pick out which backpack they liked best, which colors they wanted their folders to be in, preparing them for yet another exciting new school year. Now here you are, preparing them for a brand-new adventure all together. Could you have ever imagined then, that it would come so soon?!

The last year or so of high school can be a hectic and emotional time for you and your child. Between deciding on colleges, studying for the ACT and trying to make the most out of those final experiences, it can be difficult to find that much-needed family time. But here’s the good news: as hard as it seems to end this chapter and begin a new one, and as afraid as you may be that your child won’t miss your home-cooking enough to visit, this is just another page in your family’s story! On top of that, there are a few big family events you still have to look forward to, like dropping him or her off at college and throwing them one heck of a Grad party.

Putting on a Grad party is such a fun, monumental time for you and your family. Although the idea of finding a caterer, sending out invitations and making sure your home is in tip-top shape for the party may be stressful, we have the perfect solution for you. The Grad Guide 2018 Party Edition is your go-to place to find catering, décor, rentals and home improvement suggestions that will make your party the best one in the neighborhood. It’s recommended that you start planning a few months in advance, as your child won’t be the only one graduating this upcoming spring, and there are some items that should be checked off the list early! For example, you may want to set a date, time and place so that you can design and order invitations. You may also want to take inventory of the supplies you need, like tables and chairs depending on how many guests you plan on attending! Thankfully, the 2018 Grad Guide has a checklist for all your grad party needs, along with a timeline of when to tackle those items! Who needs a party planner when you’ve got something like this at your fingertips?!

Of course, once the parties have been thrown, the cake has been eaten and the bags have been packed, it comes time to make the trek to your child’s new home for the next few years. Don’t panic.

I remember the day my parents dropped me off at college. We pulled up to that freshman dorm and although I didn’t show it, I was just as nervous as they were. I had spent the last few years looking up to the older kids at school, impatiently waiting for it to be my turn to take that next step. Now, as I stood there watching the volunteers unload all my belongings I desperately wanted to tell my parents to turn the car around and take me back home. How would I find my way around campus? What do I do if I get the flu? Do I really have to eat ramen noodles every single night?

Eventually, I learned to use the microwave for more than easy mac… (who am I kidding, I still only use the microwave for easy mac), and I became so enthralled with college life that my home-sickness grew smaller with time. My parents were excited when I would come home for a weekend, but they too had started up new hobbies and were enjoying the extra quiet time together. The point is, this hectic and emotional whirlwind of an experience turned out to be just what we all needed.

So enjoy these months while you have them! Spend as much time together as a family as possible, but let your child soak up those high school experiences. Applaud yourself for preparing them for this journey, and applaud your child for being brave enough to take on the world with a little more independence!

Congratulations to all the 2018 graduates and their families! We at Fun2Raise Marketing and Events wish you the best of luck as you embark on this new journey!

Written By: Hannah Amundson