Your student’s senior year can fly by in a blink. With all the work there is to be done, it would be easy to focus solely on the to-do list, and put fun aside. But considering this may be your student’s last year at home, it’s worth it to make some room for new memories as you work to help prepare them for college. Here are a few ideas to make senior year a memorable one:
Family trip. Senior year and the following summer are busy times, but if you can schedule in a family trip, it’s worth it. There’s nothing like getting away from your regular routine and relaxing together. It doesn’t have to be elaborate to be memorable—the important thing is that you’re focusing on something fun as a family.
Teach them something. As college gets closer, you’ll probably start thinking of many things you want your student to know. How do you make fun memories teaching your senior the finer points of laundry or making a budget though? Try approaching it with a sense of humor and share your own stories from when you were first out on your own.
Keep up a tradition. Think your senior is too old for some of the traditions your family has built up over the years? Keep them up anyway—at least those that have brought your family the most enjoyment. Your senior might start getting nostalgic for childhood memories this year, realizing that adulthood is right around the corner. Your family traditions may be all the more memorable during their last year at home.
Take a trip down memory lane. You may be spending some time during senior year making a photo collage or memory video for their graduation celebration. Make it fun by working on these projects alongside your senior. Have some laughs as you sort through old photos and look at home videos from your student’s childhood. You’ll build some great new memories as you revisit old memories together.
Work together. Let’s face it, prepping for college is a lot of work. There are applications and forms to complete, orientation to attend, plus supplies to buy and packing to do. Make this college preparation time memorable by tackling it together: plan a shopping trip to buy dorm and school supplies, set aside time to pack together at a relaxed pace, etc.
While sending your student off to college doesn’t mean they’re leaving forever, truthfully, even if they do come back to live at home again, the parent-child dynamic will likely be changed. Enjoy this time together, and then look forward to the new relationship you’ll have as your student moves into young adulthood.