End of the School Year Thoughts

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Parents, we’ve almost made it! The end of the school year is fast approaching and soon we’ll be able to mark another academic year off our children’s calendars. Can you believe it? When I look back on the year and how my children were – academically, physically, socially – at the beginning of the year versus now, it’s mind-blowing to see the progress they’ve made!

But I am also forced to evaluate the choices I made during this year and the ways I spent my time. Did I focus too much on small, insignificant things? Did I meet goals I had set for myself at the start of the year? Did I spend my time wisely? If you’re like me, your evaluation may leave you with as many frustrations as it does feelings of accomplishment. You may wish you had lost your cool less or that you had made more dinners at home. You may wish you hadn’t been so concerned about little things that, in hindsight, really don’t matter.

I’m here with good news: you don’t have to wait a whole year to make changes to your routines and habits. Each day is a new opportunity to make a difference and do something positive that you want to with your children. Also, never forget to give yourself some grace! Chances are that if you asked your kid what they thought about their year, the highlights, not your alleged failures, would be the moments that stick out most! You’re doing a great job and while we can all improve, we’re also doing the most important thing each day just by letting our kids know we love them.

Here’s to a fun-filled and memorable summer!

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