Before they send a shuttle into space, there are countless things that are checked and rechecked; there are practice run throughs. The shuttle may even sit on the launch pad for awhile before the actual launch. Then the count down begins. There are so many factors that can affect the launch of a shuttle, even down to the weather.
There are several lessons to be applied to parenting here. Like we have talked about all month, the “launch” of a child into adulthood should be a process with just as much meticulous consideration. As a child is approaching their “launch date” or the end of their high school years, we as parents need to be looking at our checklist. This is the time to fine tune our preparations. We will be discussing a few of those fine tuning elements this week. Just like a shuttle ready to launch, as your child approaches the launch pad their foundation should have already been laid. But remember it is never too late for last minute preparations.