Three Things for Parents to Do before Summer Break

Have you seen this awesome Buzzfeed article that’s going around? I laughed out loud when I saw it because it’s a spot-on depiction of how parents feel at the beginning of the year versus the end.
It’s true—kids aren’t the only ones anxious for summer break to begin. Because even if your summer doesn’t involve free time and pool lounging, like theirs might, it’s still a respite from schedules and obligations— from packing lunches to signing paperwork to buying project supplies.

Here are three easy things you can do now to make the end of school awesome.

1. Organize. Get ready for the paper avalanche of art projects, final reports and class memory books. Every single summer I always plan to clean out the accumulated papers and projects as soon as they come home on the final day. And every single summer it sits there. All summer. This year, I am going to set aside time to sit down with each of my kids and go through their papers and figure out what’s important and what can be recycled. The ones that are special to them will get a little note on the back that captures their words about what the project meant, and then it will go into a file, clearly marked with name and date. Because even though you think you’ll never forget that the big Egyptian project was in 7th grade, you will.

2. Thank a teacher. Has your child had an extra special teacher who really pushed him to be his best? Or spent extra time helping with a tough concept? I consistently hear from teachers that a sincere thanks is the best gift you can give them. (Though you can’t go wrong with a little something at the end of the year). Taking 10 minutes to write a thoughtful note to a teacher will end your – and their – year on a high note. Feeling extra motivated? Send a note to the principal as well! They seem to only hear from parents who have an issue with a teacher and a positive, complimentary note will be refreshing. Help them start their summer break with a smile.


3. Give yourself a break. Back to that Buzzfeed link …can’t you just SO relate to what these parents are going through? From helping with homework (though remember – is always ready to help!) to field trips and class parties that seem never-ending, the pressure can be as hard on you as it is on your child taking AP Exams! So, take a hint from what you’ve been telling your child all year and follow your own suggestions. Take care of yourself. Don’t neglect what you need to operate at optimum levels: adequate sleep, proper nutrition and regular exercise.  As a mom, I’m always reminding my kids they need these and I have to take my own advice.

Add these three things to your June to-do list to make sure you are embracing the craziness of the end of school without letting it make you crazy.


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