Everyone is Talking
About the end of the school year.
Why do I care?
Because, if you have kids in school, you know exactly how they feel. Chaos is better when shared. That’s all we’re sayin’
Tell me more.
It’s that time of year where all. the. things. are taking over our schedules – Kindergarten graduations, dance recitals, baseball tournaments, field trips and more. Our schedules are ridiculous, parents are driven to sip a little extra wine at night, and the kids are spent on testing and the day-in and day-out of their school days. So, what’s a parent to do?
- Make a parody of Livin’ on a Prayer , of course. The Holderness family pulled off some serious 80’s hair band rock singing about how we will now have our kids around everyday. All day. Childcare anyone?
- Write a blog post sharing how you are the Worst End of School Year Mom ever. Because, aren’t we all ‘limping across the finish line’ like Jen Hatmaker? She says, “I tapped out somewhere in April and at this point, it is a miracle my kids are still even going to school.” We feel you, Jen. We feel you.
- Celebrate with some humor that only a list of memes can do. Our favorite in the linked out list? The one which includes Marshawn Lynch and his now trademarked (yes, for real) statement: “Teachers during the last week of school: I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”
In the Trenches
Speaking of memes. One woman is getting noticed for taking a stand on those that perpetuate damaging stereotypes. Jenni Chiu, an outspoken, humorous video blogger took to her normal platforms to criticize a meme that stated antidepressants were ‘s**t’ and that a simple serene forest was enough combat depression.
Jenni said what we were all thinking when this meme started circulating – that this particular image was s**t. While she acknowledged the fact that the practice of meditation and stepping away from the noise of the world can benefit a person, she slammed this particular Facebook page for spreading a stigmatizing image implying that this was enough to solve all symptoms of mental illness.
Prior to taking to video, Jenni shared some powerful words (excerpted with permission – Thank you, Jenni!) that we loved:
If you manage your mental illness by taking medication, I AM PROUD OF YOU.
If you are considering talking to your doctor about medication, I AM PROUD OF YOU.
If you are able to manage a mood disorder naturally, I AM PROUD OF YOU.
If you are considering talking to your doctor about weaning off of or changing medications, I AM PROUD OF YOU.
If you have an entire arsenal of mental health tools that include a combination of prescriptions, meditation, art therapy, exercise, sunshine, multiple yoga poses, and several flavors of gelato, I AM PROUD OF YOU.
We are too, friends. We are too.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
You guys. We have a little obsession with a workout. You know, IF we worked out, we would totally be all over this on the daily. As it stands right now, we’ve simply watched this video repeatedly because it’s so awesome. Check out Dark Horse, Willitary Style. And, if that looks too easy, he created the advanced version too. Your derriere will look amazing. And, he’s not too shabby to take a gander at either. We’ll just be over here watching all the new videos he’s added since we first discovered him ages ago, in awe…trying to garner the will to join Will in his workouts. See what we did there?
The Kids Are Alright
Apparently, 70% of kids are quitting organized sports for one simple reason, “It’s just not fun anymore”, according to a poll. However, a recent Washington Post article written by Julianna W. Miner begs to differ:
“It’s not fun anymore” isn’t the problem; it’s a consequence of a number of cultural, economic and systemic issues that result in our kids turning away from organized sports at a time when they could benefit from them the most. Playing sports offers everything from physical activity, experiencing success and bouncing back from failure to taking calculated risks and dealing with the consequences to working as a team and getting away from the ubiquitous presence of screens. Our middle-schoolers need sports now more than ever.”
She goes on to discuss a few key points to support why she thinks kids begin to view sports as a chore instead of a good time:
- It’s not fun because it is no longer meant to be as they enter the teen years.
- There is a push to get kids to zero-in on a special skill and achieve at the highest level.
- Competition is the name of the game and not everyone is willing to be that competitive.
- Part of it is, quite simply the result of that age and stage in a kid’s life and social decisions trump sports.
Step with care and great tact, and remember that life is a great balancing act. -Dr. Seuss
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