Senior year is here today and gone tomorrow – just like your student will soon be! As parents, you understand their Senior year will be over before they know it. Luckily, there’s still time for your Senior to make the most of their last year of high school! Help your son or daughter determine if they’re where they want to be during their holiday break. Keep reading to learn about a few helpful approaches below.


Create A Mid-Year Mood Board: As the first semester comes to an end, this is the perfect time to create a mid-year mood board or collage. Students can create a personalized mood board to reflect their current ambitions, emotions and passions, or a collage that represents the direction they’d like to take their high school career. Consider creating a vision board together where the left half of the mood board represents their first semester, and the right half of the collage represents their future. Hold onto this keepsake into their college or working years as a way to celebrate and reference their progress!


Let Music Do the Talking: As you reach milestones or everyday achievements, consider creating playlists with your Senior to commemorate their accomplishments or record daily emotions. Title the playlists based on milestone moments or special occasions. Note the date and time when each playlist is created to recall powerful memories. These playlists create the perfect opportunity to set aside time for a self-reflection listening session or build motivational, inspirational and celebratory playlists for easy listening in the future.


When In Doubt, Write It Out: Journaling is a powerful tool for so many reasons. Writing has been proven to help reinforce memories and improve communication skills. Jotting down thoughts can also reduce stress and anxiety and increase self-confidence. Consider daily or weekly journaling as a method for setting new goals and tracking your progress. Remember the S.M.A.R.T. goals you and your Senior created earlier this year? Keeping a journal with your Senior is your opportunity to reflect on their growth and development – together. Even though journaling is considered personal, it’s still something you and your student can share, whether you maintain separate journals or a communal document.


As you spend time reflecting with your Senior, there’s so much to look forward to this school year. Your student has accomplished so much already, and there’s still plenty left to do, but that’s where we come in! Shop custom-to-your-school grad packages from your friends at Jostens today because you and your Senior deserve a stress-free celebration in the spring.