At this point many schools across the country are either out of school for the summer or kids are counting down the days.

Summer. A time to reset, breathe, play, travel, and the list could go on. As an educator and mother I do look forward to summer. It is the time I get to wake up in the mornings and not have to rush to get my son packed up for someone else to watch all day. I’m looking forward to going to the pool with him, watching him say his first word, snuggling him when he needs extra love, and so much more. Any parent would say it is hard to leave them for work. I think as a teacher it can be harder at times because you’re going to work to love, nurture, and grow the minds of hundreds of other kids, while yours are in daycare or at another school. I’m beyond thankful for those I entrust with my son to do the same thing that I do everyday with my students. But boy am I happy to spend 2.5 months at home with him.

As you leave for summer break remember that the time you have with your children is precious. Continue to foster that love of learning in them. Read books, go to museums, travel, spend a day watching movies, and refresh yourself, so that you’re ready to come back in the fall to teach your students. Our students deserve the very best we can give them, but we can’t do that if we’re not ready ourselves.