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High School Graduation Day Planner for Parents of Teens

5 Steps to a Stress-Free Graduation Day

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"There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning." ~Orrin Hatch

Your teen's graduation day is going to play on your heartstrings. You'll need to prepare for the ceremony and after events in advance so that you can have that time to be proud of your teen and not be running around getting things done. Keep yourself stress-free with these five steps:

  1. Order everything that needs to be ordered and do it early. Start in the beginning of your teen's senior year by asking him weekly if there are any papers on graduation, school rings, senior class trip and yearbook information. As papers come home, put in the order right away, so that your teen isn't without a cap or gown the day before graduation.

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  2. Help your teen get past him senioritis and look toward the future. Nothing looks bleaker than not having any plans for after graduation when all of your teen's friends are excited about what they going to be doing. Here are some resources to help you help your teen start searching for their future after high school graduation:

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  3. Decide who gets to go to the graduation event. This should be done as soon as you learn the number of people allowed at the graduation per student. This depends on where the high school is having the graduation - it can be as little as two people per student. Talk through who you want to attend with your teen.

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  4. Plan the after events and be flexible. Make your plans early and make reservations for a rental place very early. Some places can be rented out as early as one year in advance. Be sure to let your teen know the date and time of his own party and have him help with the festivities.

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  5. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. Your teenager is a high school graduate. Good job!

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