When I look back at my children’s high school years so far, I am more than ever convinced that these few years, age 14 to 18, are indeed the most transformative ones in a person’s life. Sometimes, they are the hardest ones for parents, too. I see it in both of my children, well, of course not complete yet as my daughter is in her 4th year now.
I have seen the unbelievable changes in them, the gigantic leap both mentally and emotionally, their enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem. They all reached a higher order of thinking and writing. I am glad to admit that both of my children are better writers than I am.
They are more resilient after experiencing some ups and downs, wins and losses in these years. They gradually find their goals and path in life and are working steadily toward it.
They have come to understand what they should value in life. By the end of high school, they are mature enough to stand on their own.
Alas, when that happens and when you finally and truly enjoy their company, it is time for them to leave.