Preschool Pointers - 37: Show Up
Your kid is graduating preschool. That's not the problem, though. The problem is that the ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday? You've got work, your own school, appointments, whatever. It's going to be hard to make it, and does your kid really need a graduation ceremony at four years old anyway?
Show up. They'll tell you far in advance, and yes, it's a bunch of four year olds trying to sing songs and recite poetry, and yes, they'll get a little diploma (protip: don't leave your diploma at the school...oops.) But what's important to them is that you are there. This is going to be a running theme for their rest of their lives now. Sports games, concerts, ceremonies, honors, all of these will be at inopportune times, perhaps at inconvenient places, and take a while. Show up.
Even if your kid says it doesn't matter.
Now this isn't to say you have to go to every single game / event, but make a concentrated effort to attend some of the key ones. It makes a difference.
Even at four, when my husband was able to pop in for their graduation ceremony on his lunch hour (having to drive way across town to do so), my girls lit up. They were so incredibly excited and happy to see him. He didn't stay for the ice cream, but he got the ceremony, the songs, took pictures and videos and just generally made the kids' day.
These things, they will be remembered.