Graduation season is just around the corner! Whether your child is progressing from preschool to kindergarten or into a higher grade, moving up is a big accomplishment. It’s worth celebrating these milestones, particularly if change is around the corner. Here are a few ways in which you can make your child’s graduation or moving-up ceremony even more special for the whole family:
Talk about what graduation means.
Talk with your child about the changes that are coming, the experiences they’ve had, and the memories they’ve made in their current classroom. These memories are what make their progression possible. Whether they’ve learned their ABCs or how to read independently, reiterate how their hard work has paid off and paved the way for future success.
Read books that celebrate them!
Many wonderful books touch on the theme of graduating, but we’d advocate for books that celebrate all of their milestones. Younger siblings will also be able to appreciate these stories, and it will give them something to look forward to. For example, Celebrate You! is a charming new picture book that touches on everything from their first wobbly baby steps to the time when they’re ready to leave the nest. If you’re in the mood for an inspirational manifesto about all of the things that make your child unique, try Remarkably You. And if you’re looking for insight from icons, try Mary Engelbreit’s The World Is Yours, which offers helpful, humorous, and heartfelt advice to readers to become the best version of themselves they can be.
Take your child out to celebrate.
Ask them what their favorite restaurant is, and treat them to a special meal out. Or, take them somewhere new that feels a bit more upscale. You can either make this a family affair or get a sitter and have siblings stay home. Sometimes it’s nice for a kid to have time with just their parents, too.
Treat them to something.
You don’t have to spend a lot to create a special memory for your child. You could gift wrap one of the books we’ve suggested above and inscribe it so they’ll always have it as a keepsake. If you want a few more suggestions, we think Dear Boy, and Dear Girl, are timeless and heartwarming love letters to reinforce how special the little boy or girl in your life is.
You could also get them something that will inspire them in the next stage of their education, such as an analog watch that can help them tell time in elementary school or a pair of lace-up sneakers that they can learn to tie themselves. And of course, you can never go wrong with time spent having fun! Give them a voucher for a trip to the local ice cream parlor or carve out some time to take them fishing or bowling.
Lastly, tell them you’re proud of them.
In our opinion, you can’t tell them often enough.
How do you celebrate your children’s accomplishments? Tell us below; we’d love to know.