Five on Friday – 5 Lessons for High School

I can’t believe that I’m writing this. Today is the day when this little girl closes the chapter on another part of her life and graduates from middle school. 8th grade graduation

I cannot believe that I will be the mother to a High School student next year.

To coin a very well-worn phrase, where does the time go? It was just a few breaths ago that I put her on the bus for the first time and last week, I signed her up for drivers ed. Oy. In honor of her graduation, I thought I would offer up…

Five tips for High School:

  1. Unless something goes really wonky, high school will be so much better than middle school. Middle school sucks for everyone. Combine hormones with the fact that you can’t put two coherent thoughts together to save your life and you’re got the equivalent of teenage spontaneous combustion.
  2. There will always be asshats who surround you. Now is the time to learn how to be bigger than them and move on. Don’t feed into their insecure attempts at bringing you down with them. Remember how I always said to “just ignore it”? Well, now you get to perfect that. Luckily, there are a lot of kids in high school so they’ll quickly move on to the next person to try their “charm” on. You’re going to have teachers that you don’t like as well. And guess what.. I love you dearly but not everyone is going to like you, either. It’s part of life. Don’t waste your time trying to win over people who don’t like you and don’t waste your time thinking that other people will change. There are over 7 billion people in the world.. believe me.. a few who don’t like you won’t change a thing.
  3. Dating will come into play now. But please do not think that you are going to hit your first day of high school and your first date at the same time. Let’s wait a while. I’ll write more about dating in another post, but above all else – stay true to yourself. I promise, you will be wowed and mesmerized by the upper classmen, but don’t even think about it.. it’s not happening.
  4. It’s show time. The past 8 years of school have led up to this moment. Now is when your grades COUNT. You need to buckle down and take it seriously. There are no “do-overs”. When you sit down in a couple of years to apply to colleges, yes.. they can and probably will look atfive tips for highschoolyour record all the way back to day 1 of the 9th grade. Do not mess this up. As trivial as it may seem, it’s critical to helping you get into a good college.
  5. You really CAN be whatever you want to be. Going to a new school is kind of like a clean slate. Sure there will be people who have known you a really long time, but there will be more who don’t. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something – and that includes yourself. Try new things. Play new sports. But whatever you do – give it your all. There is nothing wrong with being awesome. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty awesome being awesome. Go show the world how awesome I already know you are. You just need to believe in your awesome self. And if you don’t think you’re awesome, FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT!!
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These next 4 years will be forever engraved in your mind. I hope that they are wonderful for you. I know they’ll be full changes as you begin the final preparations to go out on your own. I know that we’ll fight. I know that we’ll go thru some tough times. Just remember that this time is just as hard on me as it is on you. You see me as a burden.. I see you as one of the three most incredible things that I have ever done with my life. It’s hard for me and your Dad to know that our time with you is almost over.. at least in the context that we know it now.

Congratulations, Little Red. Dad and I are proud of you. Now go kick some ass πŸ™‚

Comments

June 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

Congratulations to your girl – and great advice. I’ll need to remember it in a couple years πŸ™‚ I was looking through the yearbook and thinking about how those 8th grade girls look *so* grown up – I’m not ready!
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June 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I learned a new word in #2… πŸ™‚ but that is such good advice. Might as well learn now to be the bigger persona and don’t feed into their securities. All of these are great advice. I need to slowly start teaching my soon to be 1st grader.
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    June 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hah! Sorry.. doesn’t seem quite as harsh as the OTHER a-h word πŸ˜‰ Sadly, this class has a lot of them. We’ve dealt with more mean girls than I care to mention. Self-confidence helps a lot dealing with those kind and it’s never too early to start teaching them.



June 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Even though my girls are years away from high school, I LOVE this. Such great advice!
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June 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

Oh I think of my daughter getting to that BIG transition… scares the HE– out of me!! Great advice and inspiration for yours!!!! πŸ™‚



June 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

I agree with all, but especially #4. Work hard in high school and save the fun for college! πŸ™‚
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June 7, 2013 at 8:13 am

#4 is SO TRUE and so key. I wish someone had given me that piece of advice…I remember a good friend of mine giving it to my sister and it really stuck with her. This is a great post!-Ashley
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June 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

Love this! My daughter is traveling down this road this year too! You are absolutely right — high school will be a lot better than middle school!
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