Hold Back the Tears! The Best Graduation Advice for Parents, from Parents

It’s graduation season, which means it’s time to celebrate! It’s no small thing moving from preschool to the real deal (she survived potty training, the water table and she learned to share!). As for your middle-schooler, just getting past algebra is reason enough for a big bash.

Grads of every age are marching down aisles and balancing funny caps on their heads while parents try to hold back tears and take less-than-fuzzy pictures. Reflecting on their accomplishments and celebrating are a must. But before you order that sheet cake for 50, take some time to process the jumble of emotions you and your family may be feeling. Click through the slideshow above for a bit of graduation guidance to add to the upcoming pomp and circumstance.