Today’s Holiday edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts is written by Kate Hickey. Kate is my wonderful daughter-in-law who is in her sixth year of teaching. She teaches at Middle College High School in Franklin, Tennessee.
Educators, by nature, tend to be selfless. It’s our best and worst quality during the holiday season. We need rest and we deserve it. Take it easy so you can be effective when you get back.
As a high school teacher, I repeat this old adage to my students often: “You have to take care of yourself, before you can take care of others.” Or the classic: “You have to love yourself before you can love another.” This holiday season, I will try to take my own advice.
The world will still turn if we don’t wrap everything like a post on Pinterest. Martha Stewart’s Christmas spread is only that good in a magazine, so let’s not spend too much time running ourselves ragged.
We didn’t give our students any homework over the vacation because, besides being plain old cruel, we know that they need to be resting and sitting around the living room with their families. This time is more important than any assignment. We know these things to be true so we need to make sure that we do ourselves the same favor. It will be a gift that we give to our students all year long: An energized and well-rested teacher.
Please heed Kate’s advice and enjoy the Holiday season with your family and friends. I certainly am!