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Don't slack at the end, finish well | Moms

The end of the school year is upon us.

I’m sure some are anxiously counting down the days with their children, as planning for summer fun has started.

Others watch the calendar with (come on, be honest) a little bit of dread: “What am I going to do with these kids for three months?”

As the school days draw to a close, as a mom, I understand the frustration of remembering to sign the reading logs and check the homework packets.

With longer days, baseball, soccer and fun, it’s difficult to get everyone home and settled at your family’s “normal” time.

As a teacher, I have to say I am sorry I can’t just play with your kids.

I’m sorry they must finish math and reading and take spelling tests, but it is all toward the goal of finishing well.

That is a very good lesson in and of itself: How often do we as adults get into the habit of letting our attitudes and actions slack off as we come to the end of something?

Finishing with the same passion you had at the beginning is hard.

You may be tired of monotony or discouraged about certain obstacles you faced.

You think it doesn’t matter, but it does.


When you look back on what you have done, you want to be satisfied with your accomplishments, just as my students want to see lots of “A’s” on their report cards.

But having a half-hearted attitude at the end will not bring all the positive reward that you want.

I recently saw a video of an athlete named Heather who was running a 600m race.

She was ahead, but suddenly stumbled and fell flat on her face. She could have quit. She could have finished running, not try to win.

But she didn’t.

Heather got back up and started running hard.

After catching up to and passing all the other runners, she won the race.

I’m sure she is satisfied with her performance. Yes, there was an obstacle, but she didn’t let it slow her down.

She ran her race and finished well.

Don’t let the obstacles discourage you. Don’t let them tempt you to quit.

Whatever the race you are running, finish it well. It will always be worth the effort.

having a half-hearted attitude at the end will not bring all the positive reward that you want.

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