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?
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