High School Graduation Planner for Parents of Teens

5 Steps to a Stress-Free Graduation Day

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Your teen's high school graduation day is going to play on your heartstrings. There is also a lot to remember and it begins at the start of that senior year.

Use this graduation planner to keep yourself stress-free and take care of the party and all those details that come with graduation. By taking care of tasks as they come, you will give yourself time to be proud of your graduate on graduation day.

Step #1 - Order Early

Make a list of everything that needs to be ordered and do it early.

Start at the beginning of your teen's senior year by asking him weekly if they have received any papers or information on graduation, school rings, senior class trip and yearbook.

As papers come home, put in the order right away so you don't forget. This will ensure that your teen isn't without a cap or gown the day before graduation.

Step #2 - Senioritis

Help your teen get past senioritis and look toward the future.

Some high school seniors don't know what they want to do after graduation and this can cause 'senioritis.' Nothing looks bleaker than not having a post-graduation plan when all of your friends are excited about college, the military or whatever they want to do.

Here are some resources to help you help your teen start searching for their future:

Step #3 - Ceremony Invite List

Decide who gets to go to the graduation ceremony.

This should be done as soon as you learn how many people each student is allowed at the graduation. This depends on where the high school is having the graduation and can be as little as two people per student.

Talk to your teen about who you want to attend the ceremony.

Step #4 - Plan the Graduation Party

Plan the graduation party and be flexible.

Make your plans early and, if you want to rent a venue, make those reservations very early. Some of the most popular places can be rented out as early as one year in advance.

Be sure to let your teen know the date and time of his own party and have him help with the festivities.

Step #5 - Congratulate Yourself

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back.

Your teenager is a high school graduate and you worked hard to make that happen. Good job!

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