You may have heard it said that May is the new December. It certainly feels that way in preschool world. Just as December heralds the end of the calendar year, May signals the end of the school year. This month is a flurry of end the year rituals such as our Mother’s Brunch, 4 Day Celebration, and class parties. You probably are experiencing the busyness in your family life as well.
So...how are you feeling about that?
Maybe you are feeling sad about saying goodbye to a class and teachers you have grown comfortable with. Maybe you are feeling afraid when you think about the next school year, especially if your child is moving on to kindergarten or another school. Maybe a sense of dread is creeping in as you think about hot summer days at home together -“What are we going to do?”
I heard a great quote recently about feelings:
“Feelings are like children. You don’t want them driving the car, but you also don’t want to stuff them in the trunk, either.”
In preschool (and parenthood!), learning to manage our feelings appropriately is very important. Instead of minimizing/ignoring them, we need to attend to them. We pay attention to what we’re feeling and recognize when emotion is “hooking” us. Instead of being overwhelmed/paralyzed by feelings, we look for ways to express them that help us move forward in healthy ways. Wondering what that looks like for you and your child? Check out this month’s Preschool POV for more.
Personally, May makes me melancholy. Goodbyes and the end of school make me feel sad. At the same time, I want you to know that I feel very happy and thankful for another great year. I know I speak for all of our staff when I say we are blessed to be a part of your family’s preschool years. Your children delight us. It has been a gift to spend time with them (and YOU!) this year.
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”
Philippians 1:3 (NLT)
With a grateful heart,