Time flies when you are having fun. It also flies when you are just slammed with things.
This is the first year that we’ve had an active group of kids that want to do after school events. That means more hours. Yes, more money too but sometimes it isn’t “all about the Benjamins”. I do love that the students, or as we call them..cadets, are getting more involved. Middle school can be an odd transition and any connections you make can ease the awkward phase of adolescence. Having something to look forward to can really change your perspective on school as a whole. I know it did for me. I’m sure I wouldn’t have been the nerd I am (and I say that with pride) if I hadn’t been involved with band, choir, musicals and everything in between. It made school fun. I don’t really remember wanting to stay home from school. I love going….
It is also a transition for the parents of the cadets. Having their little ones expand their interests means more commitment from them as well. That means figuring out transportation and other logistics. If there are lapses in communication at home, these factors can become complicated and turn into “situations”. That’s when we have to stop and remember that sometimes the anger isn’t directed at us personally but at the situations. It’s hard! ….Ah…professionalism…how you save me so many times.
The best thing about then end of the quarter is teacher planning day. No cadets means no interpreters needed. Hello three day weekend! So while things are getting hectic…life throws in little breaks just to give us some breathing room.