Day 64 (of 184) keeping focus?
December always brings in a flurry of emotions, as many of us who were fortunate to be born in this month know. It is a month of joys and frustrations.
Too many times, those born in December have their birthdays shuffles around to accommodate ‘more important’ Christmas parties. And the blended presents. Ugh. And my parents were pretty good at ‘theming’ my presents (I still remember getting new ski boots for my birthday and new skis a fortnight later) but…many relatives did one present – unlike other family members who got a ‘similar’ gift and then got spoiled at their birthday 6 months later…
Oh yeah – ’tis the season for venting.
Mainly due to the pressures. As much as we like to imagine that the holidays are happy times – and I freely admit my earlier vent is very much a ‘first world problem’ because I did (and do) enjoy our holiday time with families.
But there are many in our schools whose only ‘good times’ are at school and time away from our learning communities are not eagerly anticipated.
‘Tis the season where family pressures get heightened ($, time, gift pressure, $, family dynamics get focused on, etc). And it does spill over into the schools – on all members of the learning community. ‘Tis the season to take a step back and do some relationship checks on the students and families you work with. But also with the staff (who also have families, concerts, and curriculum et al to balance). And also for yourself.
December. Enjoy the high points, and do your best to roll through the lows. They all seem to move very quickly. And (once again) I am happy to be in a learning community that has ‘self-regulation’ as a school goal – because I (and others) do need the breathing breaks, the fidgets, etc to stay calm – especially since for the first time that I can remember we are preparing a concert for the first week of December – I’ve always had concerts in that last week. Ugh? The roller coaster of emotions continues – and I’m thinking tomorrow will start with a nice coffee and some talk radio to distract me for a moment (another very useful self-regulation strategy I must say)!