Dear Tired Teacher

Dear Tired Teacher,

You need to hear this...

I know that you are exhausted. I know that you spend countless hours at school worrying about your babies. I know that you are stressed about test scores, report cards, grading, observations and conferences.

The holiday season is upon us and that brings even more stress and even longer to do lists. I hate to be the bearer of that bad news.

Before you start stressing about student gifts and holiday crafts, can I offer some advice? If not, my feelings won't be hurt if you close out this post.

Most of your kids will not remember the gift that you stressed about and spent your own hard earned money on. Most of your kids won't remember the holiday crafts that you spend hours planning and prepping.

Do you know what your kids will remember?

They will remember feeling loved. They will remember feeling important. They will remember being happy. They will remember feeling proud.

Those memories don't have to cost a cent or take away your precious time with family. 

Sit in a circle and share holiday tradition stories. Leave happy notes on their desks. Give them a hug. Give them smiles. Challenge them. 

What I am saying is... you don't have to give gifts if you don't want to. They won't mind. You don't have to plan an elaborate celebration that will leave you feeling even more exhausted and poor. They won't mind. If you want to go all out, that's fine too. But only do it because you want to and not because you feel like you have to.

You do enough for them every day. You are enough. You don't have to be Pinterest worthy. If you love your students, then you are doing it right.

Your students need you to take care of yourself. So give yourself permission to throw away some papers. Don't agree to anything that involves glitter or sprinkles. Don't feel guilty about saying no. Take time for that nap that you deserve.

You are worth it.

Have a Not So Wimpy day,