Cupid's Pulse Article: Parenting Advice: How to Support Your Child Through GraduationCupid's Pulse Article: Parenting Advice: How to Support Your Child Through Graduation

By Katie Sotack

You’ve made it to the graduation milestone, congratulations! Graduation is a testament to both students and parents alike. Both parties have worked hard to get to this point, but in terms of parenting, you may be asking, “what’s next?” Whether your child’s looking for their first career or moving onto more school, they need your support now more than ever.

Graduation symbolizes the end of an era. What are some ways to ensure a successful transition with this parenting advice?

With parental pride swelling as your grad sweeps across the stage with their diploma, this is surely one of the best moments shared between you and your child. Here are some parenting advice and parenting tips on the road after pomp and circumstance:

1. Instill confidence: Avoid expressing your concerns about your child’s weaknesses at this moment, especially if they’re underperforming. Instead, routinely share your belief in them and their abilities.

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2. Be proactive: It’s important to be aware of all opportunities. Avoid an explosive reaction by keeping your mind open to all the possibilities your child may consider. When something comes up that you hadn’t thought out, process your feelings and then react in accordance.

3. Encourage the best fit: Whether it be college or career, find one that is a personal fit. The ‘take what you can get’ attitude will be harmful to your child’s potential in the long run. So encourage them to keep searching until they find what will work for them.

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4. Sit on the sidelines: This is your child’s journey. While it may be tempting to impart your desires and dictate which way is the right one, let your child take the lead and support their decisions.

How do you support your child through transitions like graduation? Share in the comments below.