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  • 1.The Ramp-up to theWind-downways tocombatstress atthe end ofthe schoolyear

2. When May arrives, families with school aged children start to rejoice thatsummer vacation is on the horizon.KaneshaBaynard.com 3. With the anticipation of summer vacation comes the extra projects,performances, ceremonies, concerts, events, and other end-of-the-school yearbusyness that stretch families thin.KaneshaBaynard.com 4. Stress levels rise and families may find themselves in tense situations as theytry to cross the finish line of the academic year.KaneshaBaynard.com 5. Each family member should make a list of the top 5 things that stress themout about this time of year. It is important to identify and know what thesestressors are. During dinner or a family gathering family members can offersuggestions on how perspectives can be shifted when any of the items onthe lists are triggered.KaneshaBaynard.com 6. Talk with your childs teachers and find out where her academic performancestands. Its extremely stressful and a major shock to the system to find out atthe end of the semester that your childs grades are not what you (or he)thought they were.KaneshaBaynard.com 7. Capture all major homework projects on the family calendar. This will giveyour family an idea of what everyone is juggling and how to lend support tokeep stress levels low. Keep extra supplies on hand so you do not have torun out for last minute purchases.KaneshaBaynard.com 8. Seek out more support and help. Think about hiring a nanny driver, tutor,housekeeper, or have your groceries delivered (or any other service that mayfit your needs) if this will give your family more time to finish the school yearstrongly instead of limping across the finish line. KaneshaBaynard.com 9. Do not hold yourself or family member to an unrealistic expectation aboutattending school-related events. Be selective about which events orceremonies your family will attend. Prioritize which ones are a MUST andwhich ones can be skipped.KaneshaBaynard.com 10. If you have not lined up summer childcare, do not worry. Ask educators,friends, family members, or co-workers for suggestions. You may also seeksupport through a referral agency. Set aside 30-60 minutes to create asummer childcare calendar. Keep tweaking it daily until it works for yourfamily.KaneshaBaynard.com 11. If money is tight and you cannot (or chose not to) pay for summer childcare get creative. Create your own summer cooperative camp with friends, familymembers, and neighbors. Structure it based on your interests, needs, andstrengths. Sharing a babysitter or nanny with another family could be an option.KaneshaBaynard.com 12. Eat well. When we get overly busy, we stop paying attention to what fuelsus. Make sure your kitchen is filled with healthy food options. If you areeating out, select healthy options. Use your slow cooker so dinner can beready for your family after a busy day.KaneshaBaynard.com 13. Get enough rest. There is a tendency to stay up late to finish projects andstudy for exams. Omit unnecessary to do items so family members are notsacrificing their sleep time. KaneshaBaynard.com 14. Remember to unplug. Each day set aside at least an hour to be screenfree. Spend time as a family doing something that is fun, connects you, andrefuels you.KaneshaBaynard.com 15. Visit www.KaneshaBaynard.com for more tips and tools.Kanesha has been an educator and professional coach since 1994. For many years, she worked as a high school Spanish andlinguistically diverse teacher in a large, urban high school south of Chicago. In the same school district, she worked as the MentorCoordinator and Assistant Staff Developer. In this capacity, she developed trainings and support programs for veteran teachers andteachers new to the district.While in Colorado, Kanesha has worked in Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). Within BVSDs adult education program, she taughtEnglish and GED classes for English language learners. She also conducted home visits, with participating families, to increase literacyin the homes and establish the parents at their childrens first teachers.Kanesha spent two years at Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School, a top 100 school in the United States. She served as the assistantprincipal and was primarily responsible for Peak to Peaks professional development program, the alternative teacher licensureprogram, formal evaluations, and curriculum planning.While at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Kanesha was an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and the Teacher QualityEnhancement Grants Field Placement Coordinator.From 2006 2011, Kanesha was on faculty in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served as theDirector of Field Experiences, School, and University Partnerships.Kanesha received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Secondary Education at Cornell College (Iowa). She received a Mastersdegree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University (Illinois), and a Masters degree in Educational Administrationfrom Governors State University (Illinois). She also trained directly with Oprah Magazines, Dr. Martha Beck. 16. 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