As we head into the end of the school year, are you counting the days and just holding on for dear life? Recently, parents have told me in exhausted, exasperated, and frustrated tones, “I never want to live through this year again! I am just wanting for this year to end! I’m TIRED of school.”
It’s a common feeling for parents of school-age children. But when September arrives many of the same patterns are repeated once again. The question is: “How can I break the cycle of exhaustion?” The answer is simple…have a plan.
Even if you are tired out and just want the freedom of summertime, this is the time for documentation, experimentation, and future planning. Throughout the last few weeks of this school year, make a conscience effort to document what most exhausts you as a parent. This is a great time to make clear changes. This time is also a great time to practice and experiment with a few different techniques. Try a homework meeting (reference homework meeting blog), suggest different study techniques (reference study techniques blog) or even offer some help in keeping things organized (reference home file box blog). Why not? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by assisting your child in being responsible for his own schoolwork. Both you and your child will benefit from a new and fresh plan for success come fall.
When the school year wraps up, rather than run away into the sunshine, have a real conversation with your child about the school year. You will learn a lot.
Review the school year using the following questions. Document the goals for the next school year to be reviewed right before school begins in the fall.
Good questions to ask:
What were the 3 best things that happened to you this past year that were not school related?
What were your 3 best academic achievements last year in school?
What were the 3 worst things that happened to you last year that were not school related??
What were you 3 worst academic achievements last year in school?
In what areas of school and life do you feel that you need to improve?
What are your fears for this school year? exhausted
What are excited about for the next school year?
With your experimentation of a few new techniques, documentation of things that you want to change, and specific information from your child, you can help your child make a specific plan for the following school year. You will have an amazing opportunity to truly create effective change in your child’s life. This change will not be last minute but a well thought out plan. It is this plan that will make the difference not only in your life but most importantly in your child’s life.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance…
Proverbs 21:5a ESV
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
Megan’s book, Own Your Education:
A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in (And Life)
is a great graduation gift!