Another summer break is gone. Another school year begins.
As a young man, I remember summer breaks never lasting long enough. As a working adult, it's entire years that seemingly breeze by.
It seems like only yesterday my daughter was taking her first steps, saying her first words and all the other firsts that come along with parenthood.
Now, it's kindergarten.
For all the parents of kindergarteners, I know what you're going through. Your little boy or girl is growing up too fast. The summer break probably seemed like an eternity to them, but, to parents, you wish they would stay young forever.
Stay strong, and encourage your child to love school, make friends and enjoy learning.
If your child is entering middle school this year, make sure they know they can come to you with anything. Be their confidant.
Middle school can be a challenging time for young adults, but, as adults, we know it's just another small step in shaping the man or woman they will become.
For parents of freshmen, hopefully the lessons you have taught them to this point will resonate and keep them on the right path. Know that there will be some learning experiences along the way, but we've all been there before. Support them in what they love, while understanding those desires can be short-lived and change daily.
And, for parents of high school seniors, cherish these moments. You're baby boy or girl is not a baby anymore, but they still depend on you for love and support.
While their days in kindergarten may seem like distant memories to them, for parents it seems like only yesterday. So, make their senior year a successful one -- one they will remember when their in your shoes wishing life would slow down.