This week our babies will start the 2019-2020 school year. And as we parents prepare them with the supplies they need, let’s also remember to feed their minds with positivity and a fresh perspective. This point is key for our older babies seeing that they see, hear and understand the world a lot more and they see the hurdles they must overcome daily. To help them prepare mentally for the next school year, here are five pieces of advice you can share with your babies before they venture back into academia and trials and tribulations that come with school daze.
1) Social media is not reality but those grades are and they will follow you until you graduate college.
Getting good grades is not like a crap shoot. You shouldn’t be hoping that you remember the right answers, you should be preparing yourself to ace that test. There are so many resources available, including us your parents, to help you excel in any topic. And even if you decide not to continue your education after high school, having that evidence that you’re not scared to excel will show your future employer or investor (if you’re ready to do your own business) that you are the best. There is some tough competition out there so invest in your own intellect now so you can stay ahead of the rest.
2) Drama is so much better on YouTube or Love and Hip Hop.
Save your emotions and breath for the things that truly deserve your attention, like the teacher assigning a project, your prom queen acceptance speech, or your valedictorian farewell words. Getting involved in drama at your age is unnecessary and stressful, and baby girl, you’ll deal with enough stress when you’re an adult. Enjoy your youth and keep people around you that spread positivity and make you happy. If someone isn’t doing those two things, let go and let God!
3) Being different is so dope (or whatever word they use for great)!
If there is one thing to take away from the rebirth of 90s fashion trends, is that everyone has a different perspective on what’s cute, or “fly”, and that’s exactly how you should view everything. Don’t work to look, walk, talk or act like the next person. Seek out what it is that you like. Try and meet new people, join new clubs, and learn new topics. Don’t focus on being average, focus on being exceptional. You were made uniquely in God’s eyes, so never look to be like someone else. Be your greatest you at all times no matter what anyone else thinks.
4) Being passionate about a topic or dream is not lame.
Do you love to produce YouTube videos? Then look into taking more videography classes and maybe even theatre if you don’t mind being in front of the camera too. Do you like to test out new recipes at home? Then make sure you take every cooking class available. Actively learning about and pursuing your passion now means that you’re finally taking something seriously that could change your life forever. Some learn at a young age what they love to do while others are over the hill (over 50 years old that is) when they finally figure it all out. This world is wide open and it’s up to you, with support from us (your parents), to figure out your place. And when you know it, don’t turn back, even if none of your friends get it. It’s not about them, it’s about your dreams. Which brings me to my last bit of advice…
5) Be more open with us (your parents) about your dreams and goals.
School will take you far and we’re here to support and nurture your journey as best as we can. Don’t be scared, to be honest with us about what it is that you want to do, whether it’s a temporary goal or one that lasts a lifetime. You’re young so we don’t expect you to know what it is that you want to do next year or 10 years from now, but if you have an idea, share it with us. We promise we’ll listen and find the best way to support your journey. That is our job and we are proud to be there for you.
Now that last piece of advice goes both ways parents. Know that what your children may share with you, may not be what you want for them, but you must remain open and supportive because kids make miracles happened every day.