My family loves summer. The relaxed pace. Hanging out in pajamas all day. Not having to grocery shop and do chores all Sunday afternoon. I can hardly wait for it to get here. This can be a hard time of year to stay motivated and stay on top of things. It can be stressful and exhausting. Here are some clear signs that the end of the school year is upon us!
- You have stocked up on Lunchables, Uncrustables, and Crunch Pack apple slices. Packing lunches has never been my favorite chore. By the end of the school year, I absolutely hate it. Yes, I know that I am feeding my kids processed food full of chemicals. But since I bought these items on sale, I am able to justify it. We will resume healthier eating this summer.
- You pray Monday mornings before you check your kid’s work for the week on Renweb. This is usually how my prayer goes:
Thank you for the opportunity my children have to go to LCS. Thank you for their teachers. We have had a great year. However, I ask that this week, there are no exams that we have to make flash cards or Quizlets for. Also, no projects that involve costumes or trips to Hobby Lobby for supplies. And if there are, please give us the patience and energy to do them well.
- Even your kid’s tutor is starting to look exhausted. I am very fortunate that my mother-in-law (Nana) is a former math teacher. She handles all my family’s math tutoring needs. Yes, I realize that this is a HUGE blessing. God really does not give us more than we can handle (see Jennifer Copeland’s blog on math homework). However, when I picked my daughter up from a session last week, Nana looked exhausted. She shook her head and shared we should pray for a “C” on the next test.
- Your child who always cares doesn’t seem to anymore. My child who normally freaks out at even the thought of a bad grade got two really low grades on math homework assignments. Here is how our conversation went:
Me: Why are you getting bad grades on homework? You know you can ask for help.
Daughter: I made careless mistakes and there weren’t many problems.
Me: Do you understand, do you need tutoring?
Daughter: No, I don’t need tutoring. It doesn’t matter Mom.
Me: Doesn’t matter? I am calling Nana, and you will have to work your math issues out with her!
- You are spending a lot of money on camp registration fees right now. Although we enjoy the down time summer offers, my kids need things to do during the summer. I don’t want them to get lazy and have their brains turn to mush from too much screen time. I also get tired of being asked every day “What are we going to do today?” or “I’m bored, what can I do?” Luckily, there are a lot of great camps here at LCS and in the community I can sign them up for.
As excited as I am about the end of the school year coming, it does make me a little sad. My kids are growing up. How many more summers and family vacations do I actually have left with them? The end of the school year can cause much stress and exhaustion. But one day when my kids are gone, I will look back on all this and wish I could pack lunches for them again.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
May God give you the endurance, patience, and joy in surviving the end of the school year!