All parents will need to prepare themselves for milestones in their children’s lives if they want to react in a logical and supportive manner. Like it or not, your kids will begin to mature at some point, and they will start to make their own decisions. While you can attempt to point them in the right direction and ensure they remain on the straight and narrow, there is a decent chance your loved ones are going to cause a stir in the family home on at least a few occasions by the time they reach their teenage years. With that in mind, this article should help you to prepare.

Your child’s first day at high school

In most instances, your child’s first day at high school is not going to seem like too much of a traumatic event. However, for many parents, that is the first moment they realise their children are growing up and fending for themselves. Most young people don’t want their mother or father to drop them off at the high school, and so you will say goodbye to them in the morning, and then wait around for them to return home and give you a review in the afternoon. Do not make the mistake of becoming a teaching assistant so that you can stay close to your child. All you need to do to prepare for that moment is ensure that your loved ones have all the social and life skills they require to progress and make friends while they learn.

Your child’s first boyfriend or girlfriend

Fathers tend to dread this moment more than mothers, but there is no getting away from the fact that you’re going to feel somewhat strange the first time your child brings a boyfriend or girlfriend home. The vital thing to remember is that you need to treat the person with respect and give them the benefit of the doubt. Sure, they’re getting close to your son or daughter, but you should see that as a positive thing. It means that you managed to raise a child who is attractive and appealing enough for others to want to be in their company. Cook a dinner, then sit down and eat together.

Your child’s first attempt at body modifications

While this doesn’t happen to every parent, there is a decent chance your child will come home one day with a piercing or tattoo. There is no point getting angry or punishing your loved one for the action because you need to respect their right to do whatever they like with their bodies. So, put a smile on your face, pretend you’re not annoyed, and take your teen out to shop for belly bars or whatever else they need. Showing your support in that way will help you to build a strong bond with your child, and it will encourage them to feel confident about coming to you with problems in the future.

If all parents reading this post manage to prepare themselves for the milestones above, they should avoid getting angry or diving into a panic attack when those moments arrive. Your children will become adults one day, but that doesn’t mean they ever stop needing the love and guidance of their parents. Have fun!

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