It’s that time of year where our kids are exhausted, fried, and ready to start summer. But there’s still school work to be done, tests to take, and responsibilities to complete. And although they want to tap out, they can’t. Not yet, anyway. For many tweens and teens, these final weeks are critical to their academic grades. These are the days where tests are taken, homework is due, and for high school students, finals are given that comprise a large portion of their final grade. This is not the time to fizzle out, despite our kids’ wanting to do just that.
I’ve been trying to encourage my kids through these last few weeks of school, despite my own impatience and exhaustion. My gosh, it’s hard for us moms, isn’t it? As much as my kids want to be done, I want to be done too. We have spent TEN MONTHS submerged in the strict structure of the school year, and it’s always around this time, it gets a little messy and a little maddening for us all.
So I remind my kids that this is when we must push through, endure the challenge, stay the course and finish strong. We must. And we hope the prize at the end of this long road will be a year of success and good grades. But most importantly, we hope it will be a year in which they can be proud of their efforts and hard work even more than their accomplishments.
So to all the moms out there, blowing on those dying embers while the flickering flames dwindle into ash, I invite you to read what I tell my kids during the final weeks of school, over at Your Teen for Parents.
Our kids need our encouragement and our support. And although we want to tap out too, we can’t. Now more than ever, they need us to show up and help them push through to the end. Go HERE to read my piece and pass it on to any other moms who might relate!
Hang in there, friends. We’re almost done!