I remember hearing, somewhere along the way, that high school is supposed to be the best years of your life. I mean, there’s so much potential; you learn to drive, people start throwing parties when their parents go out of town, and pretty much everyone makes it through puberty. You're gaining more and more freedom, you're looking towards the future but adult stuff like bills aren't your problem (usually). I never heard, however, how much high school could potentially prepare you for parenthood. Turns out, your favorite high school extracurricular activity can tell you what kind of a parent you'll be and, when it comes to parenthood, the more you know the better off you are.
Like most high schoolers, I swooped in and out of a number of activities, trying to figure out which ones were the best fit for me. The one thing that really rocked my socks, more than any others, was camp counseling; something I was actually able to do during the school year thanks to our neighboring district’s long-standing tradition of sending sixth grade classes to camp. I realize now that this might sound kinda nerdy, but you know what? I’m from the Pacific Northwest and our camps are the real deal so, honestly, I’m sad for everyone who didn’t get to go to one. It was awesome.
To be fair, I know a lot of other people who were involved in different things in high school and are just as passionate about their extracurricular activity of choice as I am about counseling. I knew some particularly enthusiastic drama kids (those drama kids always seemed to all be in on some kind of secret that I desperately wanted to figure out. I think it had to do with scandalous cast parties, but I have no proof of it), some girls who lived and breathed the cheer squad, and a couple former high school athletes turned triathletes, so the influences are strong. It’s clear to me that the things we did (or in some cases, didn’t do) in high school say a lot about us, and can even shed light on our parenting. Allow me to share: