Embrace the Sweet Month of June: Celebrate Big and Small Transitions

Peace at Home May 23, 2024 | Ruth Freeman

Hello Peace At Home Families,

For many families, June marks the end of the academic year. It’s a time to celebrate the hard work, persistence in dealing with challenges, and growth your child has experienced over the past months. June is also filled with moments worth celebrating, graduations, promotions and the start of summer. It can also be a super busy time of year. Let’s think together about how you can embrace and honor these celebrations and create lasting memories with your family. Here are some ideas: 

  • Create a Memory Book with your child: Collect a few samples of your child’s artwork, projects, and photos from the past year. Let them add captions to artwork and photos and write about favorite memories or what they’ve learned that was important to them. Spend time reflecting on the past year discussing challenges, what they’re proud of, what they’ve learned, and what they’re looking forward to in the coming year. This can be a yearly tradition that captures their growth and changes.
  • Host a Year-End Party that you plan together: Invite friends and family to celebrate the end of the school year. It can be a simple backyard gathering, a picnic in the park, or even a themed party based on your child’s favorite subject or hobby.
  • Invite your child to write Thank You Cards: Take some time with your child to reflect on teachers, coaches, friends, teammates, parents of friends, neighbors, family members and others who supported them or helped them get through the year or just made life a little more fun. Purchase thank you cards or blank cards and envelopes and invite your child to let those people know exactly what your child appreciated about them. For younger children this can mean drawing a picture and you writing their words about what was important for them. You might start this process with letting your child know what you appreciate about their personal and academic growth and contribution to the family this year.
  • Start an Appreciations Journal: Begin the process of recording appreciations by using the reflections about the school year and writing them down with your child. Then consider adding to that journal as a daily routine at a certain time each day like after dinner or at bedtime. Regular gratitude practices calm the brain and train it to be more positively oriented.
  • Plan an Award Ceremony at Home: Acknowledge your child’s efforts with homemade certificates or awards. Celebrate not just academic progress but also personal growth, such as kindness, perseverance, and creativity.

And finally, you may want to think about launching summer together by taking time to create your “Summer Bucket List” as a family. Include things you want to do together and those that might be individual endeavors. Include big adventures like trips to the beach and small ones like backyard camping or having a water balloon fight. 

It’s a busy time of year and you don’t have to do all of these special activities. What’s most important is to slow down a bit and savor the moment. Acknowledge your child’s efforts, progress, strengths and contributions. Let them know what you appreciate about being their parent and make space for your child to express their feelings about these transitions. They may feel a mix of emotions – sadness at endings, worries about changes or excitement about new beginnings. Open communication will increase their resilience, strengthen your connection, and help them navigate changes more confidently. 

Establishing family traditions around transitions creates a sense of stability and optimism. Don’t rush through this busy time – acknowledge these moments in whatever ways work for your family and take time to celebrate together. By honoring both the big and small moments, you create a tapestry of memories and a sense of connection that your child will carry with them throughout their lives. 

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