The transition from high school to college is a significant milestone for both parents and graduates. It’s a time of excitement, anticipation, and a touch of nostalgia. Before your teen heads off to college, take the opportunity to create lasting memories and prepare them for the next chapter in their lives. 

Here are 5 Things To Do!

Plan a Family Trip

A family vacation, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a longer trip, is a great way to spend quality time together. This summer may be one of the last summers they could be at home and is most likely the last summer where they will still feel a bit like a kid. 

Plan a trip to a family favorite location of theirs from their younger years, or explore someplace brand new! It’s all about greeting memories together and enjoying intentional time together before things change. 

Teach Essential Life Skills

Make sure your grad is equipped with essential life skills. Plan a fun life 101 course to teach this summer. It may seem silly, but these are the skills that are important to review before they leave the nest! Teach them how to do laundry, basic cooking, how to understand car maintenance, and other practical tasks. These skills will serve them well and ease their transition to independence.

Take the time to discuss important topics such as finances, time management, and self-care. Share practical advice on budgeting and handling stress. These conversations can help them feel more prepared and confident as they embark on their college journey.

If you are having conversations about your student’s college major choice, make sure to read this article for tips!

Explore Their College Town

If possible, visit their college town together before the school year starts. Even confident students can benefit with a little prep for what is to come. Familiarize yourselves with the campus, nearby amenities, and local attractions. Making this trip fun and stress-free will help your grad feel more comfortable and excited about their new environment come the fall. 

Go on a Shopping Trip

Take your grad shopping for dorm essentials and college supplies. Make it a fun outing by letting them choose items that reflect their personal style. Focus on allowing your new grad to be more independent in their choices during this shopping trip. They soon will need to learn how to get most of their own basic necessities! Show them that you understand that they are growing up and showcase to them a new level in your relationship. 

Have a Movie or Game Night

Spend a cozy evening at home watching their favorite movies or playing board games. Consider giving the night a childhood theme! Watch their favorite movie from childhood, eat their favorite foods from growing up, and use the evening to celebrate their childhood as they start their journey into adulthood. This is a simple yet meaningful way to enjoy each other’s company and create lasting memories before they take off for college. 

Enjoy the Summer, ‘hood Family

The time before your high school graduate heads off to college is precious. By engaging in these activities, you’ll strengthen your bond, provide valuable guidance, and create lasting memories. Embrace this transitional period with love and support, ensuring your grad feels confident and excited about the adventures ahead.