I’m scared – My baby is starting high school

Starting high school is stressful for both parents and teens: below is an honest look at how one mother is feeling. Also read our blog giving some ideas for how to support your teen.

My baby girl is off to high school this week.  I can’t sleep.  Will she find her way?   Will she be lost in the sea of teenagers?  Will she make new friends?  Will someone take advantage of her generous nature?  Will she be safe?  Will she discover the innate gifts she has?  Will she have fun?

I know she will make good and bad decisions.  I hope she won’t experiment with alcohol.  I pray she won’t with drugs or sex.  I worry so much that one poor decision will affect her whole life.  I wonder if I have done my job to prepare her for this important transition to high school.

This is aging me.  I feel old.  When I was in high school my parents seemed ancient and they were younger than I am now!

I don’t tell or show her how scared I am.  I’m projecting an enthusiastic positive front.  I feel like a fake.  I am terrified.

Does anyone else feel this way too?

Share your experience:

For more tips and hints about coping with your teen’s transitions, or to share your experience, there are many ways you can talk to one of us directly:

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  • Dial 311 or 905-825-6000 for parenting information or to speak directly to a Public Health Nurse every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Read Karen’s Bio

About Karen Hay, RN

Parenting and supporting families to be as healthy as possible is my passion. I love opportunities to connect with Halton families on social media and look forward to chatting with you online. Halton Region is where my family lives and plays.
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4 Responses to I’m scared – My baby is starting high school

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  2. Brenda Smith says:

    Raising kids is not an easy task, especially that we mother’s are not only protecting our child from any sicknesses but most importantly from any bullies whom they’ll meet. Because as a mother, the idea of my children being harmed or lost is not something anyone wants to consider. Then I found an article by anationofmoms about a service that can protect your family via your cell phone. And, at the bottom there is an opportunity to enter a drawing for 6 months of that service just by liking them on Facebook. You might find it interesting: http://anationofmoms.com/2011/08/protect-your-family-giveaway.html

  3. Julianna Paula Curtis says:

    Being a parent, the one that I hoped for my kids to experience is a joyful growth and a happy life as they grow old. However, bullying issues has been existing everywhere mostly in Schools and its growth were rapid. And a mother my main concern is to protect my kids from any emotional delimma that this bullying can caused. Therefore, reading this article that talks about preventing or stopping these issue makes my heart rejoice knowing that every Shool administration was doing their very best to help kids in dealing bullies. And I’ve also been searching some safety tips that would help me track my kids through the gps that I have on my Android phone. Then I found this site that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their application on my Android phone. Here’s you can find it http://safekidzone.com/

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