Bring your school year to a close with less frustration with the strategies in today's show. Launch into an amazing summer feeling like you accomplished everything you wanted to do.
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Overwhelmed by the End of the Year Rush This past week I was traveling to speak with middle school parents in Centerville, Ohio, Eufaula, Alabama, and Raleigh, North Carolina. And the only reason that that is significant is because what I know it’s in all three places where everyone is getting ready for the end of the school year rush. All the baseball practices and games that were normally on the schedule now I’ll play off some championships with them. All the art classes and extra curricular activities are now planning performances for the final weeks of the school year. Coupled with that everything that still needs to be happening in your child’s classroom academically plus standardize testing, all of that is happening in the last month of school which is a recipe for frustration and tension and anxiety and something you do not want as you get ready to launching to an incredible summer. So today here are few strategies to help lessen some of that tension so they can really move forward in a positive way. Step number one take your desktop calendar or planner and sit it side by side with a loose slip piece of paper. Take all the events that you know about that are on your planner or calendar currently and transfer them to that piece of paper one item per line. Now you have a list of everything you thought you were going to say yes to that’s step number one. Step number two is to deck out a new piece of paper and I'm going to call that my going to just say no this year list. Start to take some of the items that are absolutely not necessary from your yes to do list and move them over to the no list. Now if you feel bad about doing this that’s okay perfectly natural. That’s why step 2.5, go out and buy yourself a small pack of thank you cards, and within each of those thank you cards simply say “thank you very much for thinking on me and planning the end of the year party, unfortunately this year I won’t be able to”. And those you send to all the folks on the no list. That way they don’t feel bad. They know that you appreciate them thinking about you and simply the case though that you are overwhelmed this year. Everything on your say yes to do list is just going to take up all your time you can't do without being completely overwhelm. So send the thank you card to everybody on that just kind of say no to you list this year that would get you pass the feeling bad about not being there. Now finally step number three and this is a big one, you have to think about what may come up on the calendar that you have not already had there. That’s what I call making the invisible visible. That way you don’t caught off guard by too many things. So go back to the calendar, go back to your child’s schedule of events and calendar from school, put a call on the coaches and any other mentors just to see if there's anything that is missing from the calendar that you may need to add. And then bring that back and then decide either yes or no. With those tools in place, you're pretty much assured of kind of gliding through the final weeks of school not without I'm sure a little bit of tension, but it should lessen some of that and hopefully launching into an incredible summer. Have a great end to your week, take care.
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