The End of the School Year is Near

By Nancy Stoops

 Another school is almost over and every student can’t wait until summer.  Finals still must be studied for and taken.  Help your student do their absolute very best up until the very last test is taken, paper is turned in and last day has come and gone.  Help remind your student that they still can help raise that grade.   I know they are burnt out and feeling restless but keep encouraging them to keep doing their best until the end.

As school draws to an end help them think about what they would like to do with their summer.  I know many students will be attending summer school to get caught up or to get ahead.  If you have a high school student this might be a good summer to start looking at colleges and maybe even visiting a few.  It’s never too early to help somebody plan their future.  Education has always been very big in our household.  My son is 35 years old and has his Doctorate degree and I think about how hard he has worked over the years.

I think teaching our child to want to do well in school comes a certain mindset that is instilled by effective parenting.  Helping our children understand that it’s not okay to get lazy or to quit but that we must work hard right up until the end can be taught.  Learning and getting a really good education can take us very far in this world and makes us feel good about who we are in this world. So remind your student that they still have finals, papers and projects to complete.  Let them know how good they will feel if they can hang in there and work hard right up until the end.  Talk about some of the fun things you have planned for them this summer to help encourage them to hang in there and do their best!!!!!


This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens.  For more information about any of these services feel free to page her at (909).  You may e-mail Nancy at You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at

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