I need to say this first, before I let out all my thoughts about Kindergarten Graduations… I am guilty of gushing over my daughter when she graduated. I love her. I’m proud of her hard work this school year and it meant everything to her that we show our pride publicly for her at her graduation ceremony.
That being said, why do we have graduation ceremonies to celebrate the small feat of finishing Kindergarten? I hear 5th graders AND 8th graders go through this as well. What gives? When did we, as a society, start throwing out celebrations, gifts, and accolades for what should be a given accomplishment for most children to begin with?
The day my daughter took graduation pictures at school, my 2nd grader asks me, “Why didn’t I have a graduation from Kindergarten?” My answer to him was, “Because it’s not needed, honey. Oh, and your school in Charlotte just didn’t do Kindergarten graduations.” In fact, both Charlotte and Memphis schools (that we attended) don’t celebrate in this manner. I didn’t have graduation ceremonies in Elementary, that I remember, and I’m pretty sure I turned out okay.
It’s not needed.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to celebrate the end of the school year with my children. They have worked hard, however, I don’t want either one of them to think graduating from 8th grade is equal to graduating from Medical School. I, honestly, feel if our children are going to be proud of their hard work, they should receive celebrations like this only when they’ve done something, truly, and remarkably, big.
It’s a given to learn your colors.
It’s a given to learn your ABC’s.
It’s a given to learn how to write.
So, what are some small things you can do, as parents, to show your child you’re proud of them without going overboard? I mean, I’ve read of parents both on Facebook and Twitter throwing expensive parties, giving outrageous gifts, throwing out money. I’m sorry, but my child will not be receiving either just for finishing a grade. Graduate top 10 in your High School class and that will be worth celebrating. Graduate College, that deserves a nice dinner party with friends and family.
My daughter received a few things from us for graduating Kindergarten:
- Hugs and Kisses
- Our applause when she walked across the stage.
- Lots of pictures to remember
- A blog post dedicated to her.
- A small bouquet of roses from her Grandparents that evening
What do you do to celebrate the small accomplishments of your children without going crazy overboard?
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