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As graduation season approaches, it’s natural for both teens and their moms to experience a mix of emotions – excitement, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future.

This is a time of significant transition, as your teen prepares to leave the familiarity of high school and start a new chapter in their life 

As a mom, you play a crucial role in supporting your teen through this change, while also taking care of your own emotional wellbeing.

Here are some tips for navigating this season with grace and resilience:


It’s normal for your teen to feel anxious or overwhelmed as they anticipate the changes ahead. Let them know that their feelings are valid and that you’re there to listen without judgment.

Encourage them to express their thoughts and concerns openly, and share your own experiences of navigating change.

Remember to also acknowledge your own emotions as a mom – it’s okay to feel a mix of pride, sadness, and anxiety as your child prepares to leave the nest.


With so much uncertainty about the future, it’s easy to get caught up in worries and “what-ifs.”

Encourage your teen to focus on the present moment and the things they can control, such as finishing the school year strong, spending time with friends, and taking care of their physical and mental health.

Practice mindfulness together – whether it’s through meditation, deep breathing, or simply taking a walk in nature.


Graduation is a significant milestone, and it’s important to take time to celebrate your teen’s achievements.

Plan a special celebration that honors their hard work and dedication, whether it’s a family dinner, a party with friends, or a trip to their favorite destination.

Let them know how proud you are of them and all they’ve accomplished.


As your teen prepares to start college, there are several steps you can take to help lay the foundation for a smooth transition:

  • Encourage them to attend orientation events and connect with other incoming students 
  • Help them create a packing list and shop for dorm room essentials 
  • Discuss expectations around communication, finances, and academic performance 
  • Encourage them to seek out resources on campus, such as tutoring, counseling, and health services 

One important step in this process is ensuring that your teen has the accommodations they need to succeed academically.

If your teen has a learning difference or mental health concern, consider scheduling psychological testing to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for.

Having these supports in place from the start can make a big difference in their college experience and overall wellbeing.


As you support your teen through this transition, don’t forget to take care of yourself too.

Make time for activities that bring you joy and help you manage stress, whether it’s reading a book, taking a yoga class, or connecting with friends.

Encourage your teen to prioritize self-care as well – this could include getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and engaging in hobbies they enjoy.

Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup – taking care of yourself will allow you to show up fully for your teen during this exciting and challenging time.


If you or your teen are struggling with the emotions and challenges of this transition, don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

Talk to friends and family members who have been through similar experiences, or consider seeking help from a mental health professional.

There is no shame in asking for help – in fact, it’s a sign of strength and self-awareness.

This season of change may feel overwhelming at times, but with patience, self-compassion, and a focus on the present moment, you and your teen will navigate it with grace and resilience.

So, celebrate this milestone, honor the mix of emotions that come with it, and trust in your teen’s ability to thrive in this next chapter of their life.

If you’re looking for support for yourself or your teen we’re here to help. Get in touch today.