159 | Senior Year Success: The Organized Mom's Guide

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Welcome to the "Make Room Show" with Jennifer Ford Berry! I'm here to share my expertise and personal experiences to help you plan and have a successful senior year for your child while staying organized as a mom.

In this episode, we'll dive into valuable tips and insights I've gained through my own journey of guiding my youngest child through his senior year. From handling virtual learning challenges during COVID-19 to making important decisions about transferring schools, we've experienced it all. Now that we've celebrated his graduation and he's headed off to college, I'm excited to share the wisdom I've gained along the way.

Here are some of the key talking points we'll cover:

  1. The importance of planning and being present: How to effectively manage your time and commitments to ensure you can fully engage with your child during their senior year. Identify important dates and create a schedule that allows for quality time together.

  2. Making memories and meeting your child where they're at: Create meaningful experiences and celebrations that resonate with your child's interests and desires.

  3. Documenting memories: Learn the value of capturing and preserving precious moments during your child's senior year. Get tips on organizing photos, creating digital albums, and planning a memorable photo slideshow for graduation parties.

  4. Building connections with your child's friends: Understand the importance of being an open and welcoming parent to your child's friends. Discover how inviting them into your home and fostering connections can enhance your relationship with your child and support their social experiences.

  5. Senior photos and graduation party planning: Gain insights on scheduling senior photos early, as well as tips for creating invitations and organizing guest lists. Explore strategies to ensure your child's graduation party is a memorable and well-attended event.

Join me on this episode as we explore the joys and challenges of senior year, sharing practical tips and heartfelt advice to help you navigate this milestone with grace and organization. Remember, this is a season in both your life and your child's life that you won't want to miss, so let's make the most of it together!


If you have a senior going off to college you may also enjoy Episode 141: How Kids and Parents Can Prepare for College!

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About your host, Jennifer Ford Berry: Jennifer is the host of the Make Room podcast (formerly The 29 Minute Mom podcast) and the founder of the Created Order Neighborhood, an online community of women who want to live a life of order and purpose. She is the author of five books, including the Organize Now! series and her latest, Make Room. Jennifer was previously the regular organizing expert on the TV show Winging It, Buffalo Style. , and has appeared as a guest expert on several television and radio shows, as well as in national magazines and newspapers. Jennifer lives in western New York with her husband and two children. She works both hands-on and virtually with her clients to help them eliminate clutter and live their dreams.

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