A Potpourri of Tips

  • Tell your kid what it was like when you graduated. This may encourage your child to share some of his or her thoughts with you.
  • Be alert to any extreme sadness or anxiety--on the part of your child and yourself--that may require professional assistance.
  • Buy a gift for the graduate that can be exchanged, and don't feel too bad if he or she returns it to the shop for something else.
  • If people want to give your kid money for graduation, accept it.
  • If relatives act up, just tell yourself that it's one day and they'll be gone soon. If they really act up, take them aside and tell them they're ruining the event for your kid--their grandchild, niece, or whatever. That should bring about short-term results that will get you through the day.
  • Remember to focus on your child's needs when you interact with your former spouse and in-laws. Wanting your child to be happy is one thing you all share.
  • Finally, remember to have a good time--and mazel tov on your child's graduation!

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