It’s Okay Not to Peak in High School
By Donna McDine
Now that I have a daughter in the second year of college and another daughter in eleventh grade of high school, I have spent quite a bit of time chatting with my girlfriends as to what all the social pressure in high school means for our children. I’ve come to realize that the clicks still remain… the jocks, the brains, the nerds, etc., but what happens to those that don’t fit into the stereotypes? Do they aimlessly wonder the halls of high school longing to belong to some type of group, or do they break out of the mold and create their own destiny. The pressures are real. By doing so, it can be empowering and frightening at the same time.
As parents or caregivers, it’s our responsibility to set a strong foundation at home that it’s okay for them to be an individual and to stand on their own two feet. By guiding our children to explore all the options presented to them without fear of being ridiculed for their choices has a positive ripple effect through their daily lives. It’s okay not to be the best athlete, the best singer, the best artist, or the best student. Exploring and finding their passion is what will matter after (for some four long years) high school. It’s okay not to peak during these four years.
Most children do not realize while they are in high school, that these years will end up being a small part of their lives. The time to spread their wings is just beginning upon graduation, when so many new and exciting choices of college, work, and/or travel will be presented to them. Let them discover what they may want to do for a career and once they find their calling the amazing transformation will begin before your eyes.
As for myself, I remember distinctly the anguish of not being the best at something during high school and it took me many years to realize, so what. I’m glad I’m having the best career choices in the last ten years than I ever did before and I’m at my best physical health I’ve ever been.
Encourage your children to be the best they can be with their own expectations and not those of others and watch them soar!
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author
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