You’ve worked hard to get your child to this point. You’ve loved them, nurtured them and cared for them in ways they may never know or appreciate until they become parents themselves. Everyone wants nothing but the best for their child. But often what we want as parents is not always what is best for the child. At the same time, the stakes are high, and you can make yourself (and your child!) a little nuts. We. Get. It.

Now, more than ever, we need to understand it’s not about us. Yes, we’ve suffered long, supported, encouraged, pushed, pulled and loved them in every direction, but now it’s their turn. It’s time for them to take what they’ve learned and make their own commitment to a vocation, the military, college or technical school. And, as it should be, these choices, their choices reach far beyond our own personal gain and pleasure. As you begin navigating these conversations, it’s helpful to start with a clear picture of who each of you are. Gaining a common understanding gives perspective.

Note: All of the courses and the lessons within each must be completed in order, and you can’t go onto to the next until completing each in succession.