Countdown to Summer Vacation

Happy Friday, RISERS! I hope this week has been good to you. Can you believe it? This is the last weekend in April. That means we have only three and a half weeks of school left until summer vacation. Last year our family took trips throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, but this year, we are keeping things low-key. Whatever plans you have for the weekend or the coming summer, I hope you’ll get some rest and relaxation.

Quote of the Week: “Learning never exhausts the mind.” –Leonardo da Vinci

Book of the Week: I never feel totally comfortable recommending my own work in the blog, but since I am talking about school, I think it’s appropriate. The book I released last week is a devotional for teachers/administrators, titled Putting the Edge Back into Education: 31 Days to Rekindle Your Passion for Students. I asked my colleagues for concepts that help restore positivity and will remind educators why they chose their profession in the first place. The feedback I have received from the teachers who donated content has been positive. I think it could be a nice resource for the teachers in your life.

Joke of the Week: This week, I was filling in for an eighth-grade science teacher after TCAP testing. The assignment for her students was to write two science jokes. I am pretty sure this one is an original: 

Why couldn’t the tectonic plates make their relationship work? There was too much friction between them.

Nugget of Wisdom of the week:  This week, I want to give you more of a pat on the back than a nugget of wisdom. As I mentioned earlier in the blog, only three and a half weeks are left in the school year. For the last eight months, we as parents have made lunches, assisted with homework, chaperoned field trips, volunteered in classrooms, and encouraged our children’s teachers. Not to mention any after-school activities such as band, track, soccer, and any of a dozen different clubs. We should all be proud of our accomplishments and not compare ourselves to other parents. We all raise our children differently and have various organizational abilities. One thing about parenthood is that it doesn’t come with a manual, just a few guidelines. It’s time to give ourselves a pat on the back. We did it! Now, relax this weekend…

Shout Out of the Week: This week, I want to give a shout-out to everyone who feels overwhelmed by parenting. We have five children, so I know the struggle is real. You are kicking it. You’ve got this!

Have a great weekend. Remember, you are most awesome, and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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