Only kids can control their future

We are in the season of graduations. Universities and colleges are finalizing their graduation programs. Nursery schools, elementary schools, and high schools all have graduation ceremonies across the district this week.
Proud parents and grandparents look to this occasion as each ceremony brings a new chapter into the lives of their children.
One of the great gifts, and often part of the ceremony spoken by a principal or guest speaker, is a book written by Dr. Seuss entitled, “Oh the places you’ll go.” As a parent, you watch your children take each step in their journey and continue to watch them throughout their adult life.
You send them off to nursery school and discover how they grow and develop new friends. In elementary school, you see them gain confidence and discover new worlds. As they move through high school, interests and passions develop and they have to begin making decisions about their future.
Parents may guide the decision-making process but the final decisions lie with their children.
Graduation from high school brings new challenges. Do I want to study at a college or university? Can I remain at home and begin a job? Should I look to go into a trade or follow a parent’s career?
The decisions are enormous. Dr. Seuss was correct in imagining all the things you will do, and the people you will meet and the places you will see. No path that a parent ever could map out for their children will ever finally be followed.
Yogi Berra, a former great catcher for the N.Y. Yankees, had a piece of advice: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” How appropriate. Graduates from high school or undergraduates at university will come to a point where new choices will be offered.
It begins with “What school should I attend?” “What interests do I have,” and “What courses should I take?” It could be “Should I take a gap year?” and postpone making a decision?
The graduate from a college or university might be wondering, “Should I continue on getting additional education?” “Should I be looking for a position in my career choice?” Or maybe I would like to travel and begin a career search later?
And often as a parent, the career or the education choices your adult child follows you have never heard of and didn’t even know existed. But you are excited for them.
Your children didn’t, either, until they left home to discover the world. And only they can control their future.

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