If you have a child of school going age (this applies to pre-schoolers too) you will know that November and December are usually crazy months on the school calendar. If you have more than one child of school going age, you will most definitely agree that these last two months of the year are equivalent to… LOSING YOUR MIND.
Depending on your children’s extra mural activities, you could find yourself having to attend ballet recitals, or soccer championships or art exhibitions or some other type of sports awards. This is on top of the obligatory prize giving, the year-end school play and the final fundraising event of the school year… the annual school fun day. Depending on the ages of your children, you may have to attend a graduation ceremony and not to mention all the end of year parties that go along with all these little clubs and events your children may be involved in.
Then parents still need to worry about making sure each and every special teacher gets a year-end gift. At this stage, we need to already be thinking about next year’s uniforms and making sure we have submitted the form to say “yes, we would like to order the obscenely expensive stationery directly from the school because we do not have the time or energy to go and buy it ourselves even though it would probably cost half the price.” My personal philosophy for this time of the year is to just throw money at the problem and make it go away. As we hurtle full steam ahead towards the end of the year, most parents are running on fumes and there’s very little choo-choo left in our trains.
But here’s the prize…
Watching your kid get that award for the most improved player, or the best little helper in the classroom, or even the best attendance, makes it all worthwhile. When we see those little painted faces up on the stage at the school play, singing those songs we know off by heart ourselves because we’ve been rehearsing them for months, when all that coaching from the sidelines pays off and your kid’s team wins that championship trophy, there is nothing more rewarding than being there to witness it.
The end of the year is also a time to celebrate the small victories that may have been overlooked by others. A child who finally cracked a C instead of a D in Maths, because of time and money spent on extra classes. Or the kid who was written off by his teacher in his July report for not being a “typical student” who through perseverance and many hours of OT has made a turnaround and who proved that EVERY child deserves to be loved and cherished.
It’s these moments that make the end of the year an awesome time for reflection. Amidst the craziness that the end of the year brings, I urge you to take a moment to reflect on how much you and your children have grown and blossomed during the year. We often get so caught up in the silly season, that it’s only years later going through old photographs and videos of the school play, that we realise how amazing that year truly was.
Wishing you all the best as we go full steam ahead into the silly season of 2015. Xx