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A visit to the high school. Help!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

My daughter starts high school in the fall and we got to visit with all the club leaders and discuss activities. My Mary likes acting and singing and wants to teach special ed, so we looked around. She joined Best Buddies, which pairs a disabled child with a student for fun and friendship. She joined Improv. and a group on child care. I made her sign up for Newspaper, (she likes to write) and an adorable Sophomore boy got her to join Yearbook.

I was not worried about her in high school until last night. Some of those kids look kind of tough and sort of wild. My girl does not even like to wear makeup yet, and many of the girls wear more makeup than I do. And I am 43 years old, with plenty to cover up.

This is my firstborn and I am just a nervous mom, I suppose. You just hear such horror stories about high school. I hope that the next four years are a joy and not a terror.

Any suggestions?
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    It is good that you got her to join clubs. The more involved they are the less time they have for trouble! It also helps if they get involved with sports. A healthier mindset keeps them positive and thinking of their future. My youngest daughter, of three daughters, is a freshman this year, so I get it! They all seem too young at first!
    4021 days ago
    Stay closely connected to your daughter in a loving mom-type way and she'll be fine. You've obviously built a solid foundation in this young woman so she'll be fine if you and she keep up your great communication. Communicating anxiety and worry (non-verbally) may signal to her a lack of confidence in your daughter--you both will grow and expand in this exciting life challenge. I wish you the very best!! emoticon emoticon
    4021 days ago
    I can definitely relate. My youngest is THE youngest in her class - nearly a year younger than most of the others - she's 15. Consequently, the girls all matured before her, got interested in boys before her, wore make-up before her, etc. My kids go to a small school, however, so it might not be as big an issue.

    It sounds like your daughter knows what she likes and isn't afraid to join in (the fact that she joined Best Buddies speaks volumes about her, I think). I agree with the poster below... half the battle lies with the friends she decides to make and hang out with. Keep the lines of communication open - always know what's going on - and try to make your house the one that friends want to come to. That way you know what kind of friends she's making.

    You'll probably deal with some drama (she is a girl after all)... but you'll get through this. It sounds like you're raising a great kid!
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    4021 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/7/2010 11:13:10 AM
    Your fears are not unjustified - but it seems like you have raised her well and you have to have faith that she will make good decisions when selecting friends. My daughter will graduate this year and half the battle is the friends, luckily mine chose stellar friends and the few that were not I just had to put my foot down. Best of luck to you - its hard to let go LOL! emoticon
    4021 days ago
    I wish you the best. High school was a very difficult time for my kids (& me), but especially for my daughter who was also a little less "mature" than some of the other girls. Hang in there.
    4021 days ago
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