My name is Rebecca Frostad, and I am a 36-year-old married mother of one precocious 2-year-old. I just immigrated to Canada, where my husband is from, and we have settled in the expansive prairies. I have been teaching with Qkids for a year and a half, and it has been an exciting and growing experience. Hopefully, you find my blog posts entertaining, uplifting, and useful!
Picture this: it’s the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases are loaded. Usually, this is the setup for an analogy all about a come-from-behind victory made possible by someone hitting it out of the park. And yeah, that’s a great analogy (which is why it’s probably where you thought I was going with this), but let’s flip the script.
In this story, we are members of the outfield— the team that is already doing well going into this big stretch. There’s a lot of pressure to perform our best, but it is more of a team effort. The goal is to win together by staying strong and not getting burnt out. It’s been a long game, and it is easy to get worn out. Qkids peak seasons can be just like that: strenuous, amazing, overwhelming, profitable, and so much more all at the same time. With nine slots available seven days a week (although it can feel like The Beatles had it right with “Eight Days a Week”), teachers are likely to push harder than usual to reap the rewards.
In an effort to be a voice of encouragement and reason, I’d like to offer some suggestions. I really like the Rule of Five, so there are five of them for you ^_^ Don’t worry about doing all of them (I’m guilty of not doing one as I write this very blog post!)— just find ones that are the most likely to benefit your well-being.
Yes, this is the one I am doing so poorly with. Insomnia is the pits, especially when you actually have a rare occasion when you could sleep through the night. Anyway, don't be ashamed to take that afternoon nap or go to bed earlier than usual. You have a lot of classes on the docket, and nothing helps with energy like getting adequate sleep. Also, it will help keep your immune system boosted, so you are less likely to have to call off sick.
If you take no other advice from this post, PLEASE do yourself a favor and set boundaries when it comes to scheduling. I don't know who needs to read this, but YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT. You need time to rest and relax, be with your family and friends, SLEEP... the list goes on. With the huge amount of bookings that usually hit during peak seasons, you could probably work every single slot if you scheduled them open. If you've got the energy, determination, or whatever is pushing you to do them all, you do your thing. Just know that no one is judging you if you don't open every slot up.
Especially if you have kiddos of your own, you know that peak seasons are hard on friends and family, too. My awesome husband sits with our 2-year-old in her room watching Cocomelon or Paw Patrol on repeat for the few hours I'm teaching in the evenings. When he's on business trips, his mom or dad do it in his place. It cuts into the time we can hang out with people, and whether we can eat dinner with family or are just barely able to grab a bowl and munch during breaks. The point is let's give them extra love when we can. Have a date night. Go to the movies. Take a walk, get them a special dinner... just thank them for supporting you. Just like that team during the bottom of the ninth, we can finish strong.
I hope some or all of those ideas will be helpful reminders for you! What other suggestions do you have? Please comment below!
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