As we move into the final phase of this school year, we have an unusual opportunity to teach our children about finishing strong. We don't always have this chance, because it only comes at the end of something big.
Many years ago I was on a high school track team. My main event at that time was called the 800 yard dash. Today of course it's the 800 meter. We all spent 600 to 700 yards sizing each other up for that last push. Sometimes I was so far ahead (or behind) that nothing could change the outcome. But usually it was that last few yards that made the difference between winning and losing. The runner that could summon up the physical and emotional strength to finish strong would win.
Remind your children about this fact of life that you have already learned. This is the time of year when some students quit; even some adults want to quit. But this is also the time of year that builds and shows our character. Take advantage of it; it won't come again until next year at this time.
Students don't have the experience in life to appreciate this opportunity. They need the adults in their life to coach them.
Blessings on your coaching,
Tim Miesner, Principal