Welcome to finals week. Hang in there, I hear some free time just ahead. I often talk to students and remind them that this is the time of year, along with spring break, that some students and some staff members seem to lose their minds.
Now while I say it in a joking way, it is to draw attention to the fact that, this week can be stressful for many and in many different ways.
As a parent of teenagers, I remind you that depending on their stage of schooling, they may not yet be aware of the onslaught of stress that seems to hit.
This week, take some extra time to make sure they get to bed at a decent time, stay hydrated and try to get some breakfast in there somewhere. Maybe this is the week that you pack some nice treats in their lunch, take some extra time for dinner or ease off other pressures a bit.
Our kids today and yes, I’m ball parking us all in the same age category, do not leave the life we led when we were their age. It is true, their technology alone is the primary cause. Our parents couldn’t be breathing down our necks with every missed assignment…truthfully until the report card came home.
This is the first year that I hear elementary aged parents talking about the extreme stress their young children are under. To that I say, at the elementary age there is a lot that you can control.