The first yearbooks can be traced back to schools along the East Coast during the 17th century.
Students would create scrapbook-type books, which they filled with memories from the past school year. They wrote each other messages or poems within the pages.
Today, yearbooks generally contain pictures and information about students, teams, clubs, achievements, and many other irreplaceable memories to come back to whenever you’re feeling nostalgic.
As a parent, buying space in the yearbook to share a special message for your child offers an opportunity to show that you’re supportive of them and proud of what they’ve accomplished.
Whether it’s for a son or daughter, or a student graduating elementary, middle, or high school, we have the list of yearbook messages from parents to choose from below.
We also share ideas for creating your own message.
- “Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” -Les Brown
- I can’t wait to be a witness to you making your mark on the world.
- Your future burns brighter than the sun. We couldn’t be prouder of all that you’ve achieved and will achieve in the future.
- What a joy it is to be your [mother/father/parents]! We couldn’t be prouder of you.
- Just yesterday, it seems I was shopping for newborn outfits for my baby girl, and now you’re a beautiful, intelligent young woman. I only wish we could do it all over again. I know you’ll do amazing things in the years to come.
- [Child’s name], I love you so much! Work hard, chase your dreams, and remember that I’m always here for you.
- I can’t believe you’re already stepping up to [junior high/high school/college]. Where has the time gone? Keep up the good work. You’ll always be my baby.
- It’s been such a wonderful journey watching you grow up. I love the way you follow the beat of your own drum and stay true to yourself. Wishing you the best of luck in all you do.
- You did it! Through good times and hard times, you hung in there until the end. Congratulations, [child’s name]!
- We’re so proud of you! You’re a talented kid, a hard worker, and, most importantly, a thoughtful and kind person. Never let anyone tell you differently!
- For all the times of late-night studies, lack of sleep, the sacrifice of enjoyment, and parties, your reward is here at last. Congratulations to our beloved child who has emerged victorious.
- “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” -Minor Myers Jr.
- “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” -Confucius
- Hope you’re as proud of yourself as we are of you.
- You’ve come so far, and with your talent, there’s no limit to how much farther you can go.
- Goodbye [school level]! There were good times and bad times, and we rode that roller coaster with you. Now it’s time to open a new chapter, and you get to be the author.
- Greatest. Kid. Ever. I’m proud of you for graduating high school, but I’m even more proud of you for growing up to be such an amazing person.
- We’ll always think of you as our little one, even as you grow into a wonderful and strong person right before our eyes.
- “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” -Vernon Howard
- My wish for you is that you’ll always follow your dreams but also stop to help others along the way.
- [Child’s name], you’re the greatest blessing in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better [son/daughter/child]. A big congratulations on graduating [school level].
- To say we are proud of you would be the understatement of the year. We are amazed by all you have accomplished.
- I am so proud of your accomplishments this year. You’ve had your challenges, but you overcame them with maturity and self-determination. You have our admiration and love.
- We’ve watched in amazement as you’ve grown into the person you are today, and we’re watching with great anticipation to see what you become. With your talent and determination, the sky’s the limit!
- Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication!
- As you leave high school behind to face the world as a young adult, I wish you all the happiness and love in life that you’ve given to me.
- We’re so grateful to have been blessed with a [daughter/son] like you. You’ve made us incredibly proud. Congratulations!
- You truly amaze us in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in [future school level].
- We know you will continue to achieve great things in [high school/college] and beyond. Stay true to yourself and reach high. You are capable of whatever you set your mind to.
- Don’t be afraid to fall. Imagine what wonders you’ll behold if you take flight.
- “The world needs dreams, and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach
- Never forget you have amazing potential and are never alone.
- Thank you for the love, laughter, and happiness you have brought into our lives.
- “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X
- Congrats to the most wonderful, dedicated, hard-working student I know!
- “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” -Albert Einstein
- We know how hard you’ve worked to get here. Congrats, kiddo!
- We are so proud of the person you have become. Keep reaching for the stars, and may [future school level] be your best years yet!
- Your greatest adventure is about to begin. We couldn’t be prouder of you.
- I can’t believe my precious [son/daughter] is graduating [school level] already. Your kindness and witty sense of humor amaze me every single day. Never stop smiling, and never stop being your wonderful self!
- From a little toddler holding our hand to a grown [school level] graduate, the ride has been an adventure for the books. We are so proud to be your parents.
- We absolutely adore you! You are so precious to us, and we are proud that you finished [school level]. We’re so blessed to have you as part of our family.
- We’re so incredibly proud of you. You’ve become such a precious and honorable young [man/woman]. Graduating is one of the greatest accomplishments in life. It’s an honor to be your parents and to see what you’ll do next.
- I’m so thankful to have you as my child, and I want you to know how wonderful you truly are. Your potential is endless. Never let anyone dim your brilliant light. I love you with all my heart.
- You stole my heart the day you were born. I can’t believe you’re already graduating [school level]. Where has the time gone? I pray your future will be filled with happiness and that you’ll never forget how much you are loved. Hold your head high and never lose your beautiful smile.
- It’s been a long, hard road, but I knew you could do it. You’ve proven so many wrong and shown you’re stronger than you know. Great job! We love you so much!
- Congrats on graduating! I know you’re going to take the world by storm.
- You, my darling, light up our lives and fill our hearts with such joy. You have an amazing heart overflowing with love and kindness. You’re certainly destined for wonderful things. Love you!
- I’m so proud of you and the [woman/man] you’re becoming. I know you’re going to go far in life. Your future is bright and full of promise. Never lose your drive, and always remember where you came from.
How to Write Your Own Yearbook Message From Parents
If you’re struggling to choose the right message, feel free to combine or alter a few from our list to fit what you want to say.
You might also consider creating your own message to give it a more personalized touch.
Keep these tips in mind as you craft your message:
- Consider your space limit. The school might allow you to purchase a full page, partial page, or single sentence. Before you start crafting your message, confirm how much space you have and whether you can choose options like larger fonts. This way, you won’t settle on the perfect message only to find it’s too long or short!
- Share a memory. This can be from when your child was a baby, or it could be the most memorable moment of their school career. Anything that will bring you and your child joy to see every time you look back at the yearbook is just right for your message.
- Include an inside joke. The message you share will mean the most to you and your family, after all. Sharing an inside joke that’ll make your child smile is a great way to create a special yearbook message!
- Add a meaningful quote. You may find it easier to borrow the perfect words. Use a quote from a favorite song, book, or movie that has a coming-of-age theme. You can also search online for quotes for a graduate or someone who’s moving on to the next big thing in life.
- Don’t stress about what others will think. Remember, this message is meant for your child. While others may skim your message, they likely won’t read into it or analyze anything you say, so don’t stress over being judged by others. Write from your heart and be as quirky, heartfelt, or humorous as you like!
- “Yearbook Messages: What to Write in a Yearbook,” Shutterfly
- “126 Proud Parents Quotes for Graduation,” Love to Know
- “20+ Sample Yearbook Messages From Parents,” All Wording
- Adapted from “30 Motivational Senior Yearbook Messages from Parents,” Owls Quotes
- “Do Good,” MSU Today
- “Graduation Quotes and Sayings,” Shutterfly
- Adapted from “20+ Sample Yearbook Messages From Parents,” All Wording
- “Vernon Howard Quotes,” Brainy Quote
- “Personal Message Ideas/Quotes Ideas,” Westfield Middle School Yearbook
- “30 Motivational Senior Yearbook Messages from Parents,” Owls Quotes
- “Sarah Ban Breathnack Quotes,” Brainy Quote
- “Malcolm X Quotes,” Brainy Quote
- “400 Albert Einstein Quotes on Life, Education, Humanity,” Wisdom Quotes