Kid, you can move mountains.

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A couple weeks back we were at the park, and there were these floating steps Ava wanted to climb up. She said, “Me can’t climb these by myself,” and so I took this as a teaching moment. I wanted her to know that I was there to catch her if she fell, but I also wanted her to reach for the stars. I wanted her to try something new and to succeed at something I knew she could do on her own. I wanted her to believe in herself. As expected, she had no problem climbing up those stairs on her own, but if she hadn’t tried, she never would’ve known that she could do it.

And she could do it all on her own.

Preschool, High School, College Graduation Gift Ideas for Any Age - The Overwhelmed Mommy Blogger
Preschool, High School, College Graduation Gift Ideas for Any Age - The Overwhelmed Mommy Blogger

Although this accomplishment may be small in nature, it represents how I want Ava to live her life. I want her to try new things, especially things she doesn’t think she can do on her own. I want her to believe she can do whatever she puts her mind to. I want her to know that she can continue to learn and grow every day of her life without any limits, and I want to push her to strive for achievements, but also let her know that if she falls, I will always be there to catch her.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” - Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Preschool, High School, College Graduation Gift Ideas for Any Age - The Overwhelmed Mommy Blogger

This summer we are traveling to two graduations – my little sister is graduating from PA school and my brother in law is graduating from PT school, both amazing achievements, achievements that when they were kids probably seemed so far away and potentially, even felt unachievable at times through their rotations, endless hours of studying, tests galore and so many difficult moments. But they both made it – they reached, and they achieved, and we are just so excited to see what they both have in store next – because this surely isn’t the top. They will continue to achieve so much more.

And then there’s Ava, graduating from her first year of preschool this month and I am so proud of all that she’s accomplished this year – she’s learned letters and sounds, and discovered the basics of making friends even after being dropped off somewhere without her parents there. And my goodness has she grown. We could not be more proud.

Preschool, High School, College Graduation Gift Ideas for Any Age - The Overwhelmed Mommy Blogger

So with all of these graduations on the horizon, it got me thinking about the perfect gift for a graduate. Whether they’re in preschool or getting their doctorate, the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is just timeless, and it’s the perfect opportunity to not only congratulate a graduate on their success, but to let them know that no matter where they are in their stage of life, there’s always more to learn and there’s always room to grow

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a best-selling favorite and a go-to graduation gift for really any age. Not only does it capture the meaning of graduation and provides wisdom and encouragement for that next journey in life, but it inspires students (and really all of us) to continue dreaming big. Whether you’re signing it and gifting it to a friend, or having your child’s teachers or professors offer words of encouragement and praise inside the book, it makes such a beautiful keepsake no matter the occasion.

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” - Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 The more we let our kids explore and dream, the more mountains they’ll move.

Preschool, High School, College Graduation Gift Ideas for Any Age - The Overwhelmed Mommy Blogger