I remember a time when graduations were something special, something for the kids who did their absolute best and were hence rewarded for their efforts. They were the moments of our academic lives that we spent 13 years working toward. Now, however, kids are graduating practically every year! What is going on here? There are preschool graduations, kindergarten, fifth grade, eighth grade, and blah, blah. This is out of control! I mean, I totally understand a parent’s excitement that their babies are growing up and are becoming these smart little people, but seriously? They need a ceremony with a full on cap and gown to celebrate their achievements? It seems a bit presumptuous, quite frankly. These kids aren’t really doing anything different then those before them who did not have the same treatment, so why the big demand for graduation ceremonies these days?
Maybe I am just from a time where you were taught how to work hard for that diploma at the end of 12th grade. Or, perhaps, I just think that giving children elaborate events in their honor for reaching tiny milestones along the path to the big one at the end, is setting them up for future failures. I mean, honestly, let’s think about this rationally. I think it is wonderful to praise your children for their accomplishments and to let them know you are proud of them, within reason. Of course you are proud! They are your little angels. This does not mean, however, that you should pump their little egos so full of air that they are just bursting with conceit. I can’t even tell you how many kids I have met who think they rule everything now because of that sparkly diploma. The truth is, they still have a lot to learn about life and reaching their potential before they should be developing any type of arrogance.
Bottom line is, I feel this is unnecessary but to each their own. I am sure that when I have kids, I too will be crying in the audience as they graduate from every year of their academic lives, unless of course, they change things again by that time. Either way, enjoy your kids and teach them how to be good people. Our world is suffering from a lack of goodness and it is your job as parents to teach the up and coming generations how to make a positive impact. Maybe these ceremonies are, in your opinion, teaching them to make the world better, but I hardly think so. Holding grand parties for small accomplishments only causes the big ones down the road to be diminished.
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