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I blinked and you grew up. You’re about to step out of the primary school gates for the last time. And the world suddenly got a whole lot bigger for you, my son.

It’s time to set sail on another adventure. High school is sometimes smooth sailing. Sometimes the waters will churn. Other times the sun will shine, and you’ll be riding such an incredible wave. And sometimes the wind will be completely taken out of your sails.

And this is what I want you to know, as you move a little bit closer to the man you’re destined to become, and a little bit further away from the boy I still kiss goodnight.

Things I Want My Son To Know Before Starting High School

  1. These are the best days of your young life.
  2. Your worth is not based on what others think of you.
  3. Your words have so much power.
  4. You’ll be banking a lifetime of core memories.
  5. Not everyone will be as kind as you.
  6. It’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do or who you want to be. Lots of adults are in the same boat.
  7. Social media is not real life. Don’t forget to look up at the real world every now and again.
  8. Concentrate in class. You’ll learn amazing stuff.
  9. You’ll make new friends and lose old ones.
  10. Some special teachers will leave a mark on your life far beyond high school. You’ll remember their lessons forever.
  11. Try new things. Just nothing illegal.
  12. It’s ok to be overwhelmed by big feelings. But don’t hide them.
  13. Have fun. Laugh, joke and be silly. You’re still a kid.
  14. Failing is learning. Say it again: failing is learning.
  15. Hormones will make you cray cray.
  16. Hormones will make your friends cray cray.
  17. Trust your gut feeling. If your body is telling you something is off, listen.
  18. Photos are forever, even if you delete them.
  19. Never forget who you are. Anyone who loves you will never ask you to be anything else.
  20. You’re still my baby. Always.

What do you want your kids to know before starting high school? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I have told my son on many occasions not to be afraid to ask for help. If they dont understand concepts or topics covered in class, dont be embarrassed, speak up. They are probably not alone, and others in the class are probably feeling the same way. If they dont feel confident to ask in front of others, make the time to either go before class, or stay back afterwards to ask the teacher for help.

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  • Daughters too.

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  • For a son….. or a daughter!

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  • I like all the points on this list except the last one. I think parents need to realise their children do grow up and shouldn’t always be treated like they’re their baby.

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  • I just want my son to know that I love him, more than he’ll ever know, no matter what.

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  • Love it. a wonderful list of caring advice.

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  • Excellent advice for everyone

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  • Beautiful little notes! I love “words have so much power” it’s important to think before we say! I know it’s hard, especially for those growing and learning brains but we need to remind this to our kids.

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  • Now this is a list I could have done with when my boys were heading towards high school. Luckily they had each other when I wasn’t there.

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  • Great article! I wish all kids had a mum who would give such good advice! I remember teachers telling us that these were the best days of our lives, and I didn’t agree at the time. I look back and I certainly agree now! If only I could go back and tell my teachers that they were right!

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  • Love your list – wish I had something like that to guide my children through High School. I do agree with Number 10 and told that to my children who agreed with me once they left High School. It was a lot easier back then with no Social Media though.

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  • Beautiful messages. They can be the best and worst years of your life.

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  • This is such a great list. My son is out of High School now and they definitely weren’t the best years of his life – bullying; social media; peer pressure; and the list goes on. He’s finding is best place in the world now outside of the High School bubble.

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  • These are some beautiful things to say to a high schooler. I always remind my friends teenagers, “pay attention in the important classes, these are skills you will need for your whole life, if you don’t pay attention, it’s harder to learn as an adult”

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  • Taking notes. My boy is almost a threenager so I have some time but my gosh, I know I’ll blink and it will be happening

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