Well, graduation season is here and sadly the venue for most ceremonies is Zoom. But the accomplishments of your kids aren’t diminished by the pandemic. So, to all the graduates, from preschool through grad school, Congratulations! And yur accomplishments as parents, getting your kids to this point, are also not diminished by the pandemic.
Here’s the commencement speech I want every PARENT to be able to give at their kids’ graduations:
My column for Parents Magazine:
For many parents, May and June are graduation months. Those of you with young kids may be planning to attend graduation ceremonies from preschool or kindergarten, or perhaps “continuation” ceremonies between grade school and middle school. But whatever ages your kids are now, I urge you to look into the future and picture them older, almost grown, preparing for high school graduation and almost ready to leave home. That’s why I wrote my book No Regrets Parenting, which asks you to do just that—to make present-day choices about the time you spend with your kids while also picturing the day when the choices will no longer be yours to make. Indeed, when your kids are out of the house and on their own someday, their schedules will be more important than yours in determining the time you spend together. So I ask you to parent each day with an eye toward the future, realizing that the time you spend with your kids now is precious and fleeting. If you’re still stuck in the sometimes overwhelming routines of diaper changes, bedtime struggles, car pools, sleepovers, and after-school activities, high school graduation probably seems like a distant mirage. But even though the days now may feel very long, the years are short, and high school graduation will be here in the blink of an eye.
I’ve done it!