Hang In There!

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For kids, the end of the school year can be fun-filled and exciting. For parents, teachers and Learning Coaches, the stress can be exhausting.

With end-of-the-year programs, exams, projects, recitals, sports events, and teacher appreciation, the last weeks of school can be hectic, to say the least.

Consider the following suggestions for ensuring a strong race to the finish line.

  • Prepare for the race. Make a list and check it twice! In addition to marking your calendar, make a written record of all the things that have to be done and the date or deadline for each.   
  • Keep the pace. Complete tasks in the order they are due. When possible, return permission slips and other papers (or online forms) immediately after they are received.
  • Run realistically. Realize that you are human and can't do everything. Don't apologize for politely saying "no" to things that are not in line with your priority list.
  • Train well. Be properly equipped. This includes being eating well and being well rested.
  • Stay the course. Encourage your child to keep studying! Even with a hectic pace, it's possible to utilize extra time in the car, at the ball field, or at the dance studio to keep up those stellar grades.  Four blocks of 15 minutes adds up to an hour.  Every little bit helps.
  • Make post-finish line plans. Dream about summer together. Plan a fun end-of-the-year reward, such as a trip or a big-ticket entertainment item that the whole family will look forward to.

Just Around the Corner

With a strong sense of commitment and endurance, your family can survive the last weeks of the school year. Remember, a glorious summer vacation is just around the corner! Stay focused and organized, and soon you'll look back with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.