Conquering End-of-School Stress: Summer Playback Series – 302

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Feeling the pressure of juggling a whirlwind of end-of-school activities and expectations? You're not alone.

This time of year can be packed with class parties, recitals, assemblies, proms, graduations, and final exams. It's enough to leave anyone feeling overwhelmed!

In this week's episode, I revisit how to tackle the end-of-school stress with grace and composure.

Summer is very close, mama, so take a deep breath, and let’s finish this school year strong!


  • The real cause of your stress this time of year (hint: it’s not all the activities you have planned)
  • How to start feeling relaxed and in control during this time
  • How managing your emotions first can help you support your kids better
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You are listening to the Less Drama More Mama podcast, episode 302: Conquering End-of-School Stress: Week two of the Summer Playback Series

This is Less Drama More Mama, the podcast for moms who want to feel calm, in control, and confident about how to handle anything life throws their way. If you’re ready to go from feeling frazzled and disrespected to feeling calm and connected, this is the podcast for you. I’m your host, Pam Howard.

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Let’s get to today’s topic. Are you feeling the pressure of juggling the whirlwind of end-of-school activities and expectations? You’re not alone. This time of year can be packed with class parties, recitals, assemblies, proms, graduations, and final exams. It’s enough to leave anyone feeling overwhelmed! In this week’s episode, I revisit how to tackle the end-of-school stress with grace and composure. Summer is very close, mama, so take a deep breath, and let’s finish this school year strong!

I know there are lots of parents struggling with getting through the end of school right now, so please share today’s episode with at least one friend who could use some support.

Thank you and enjoy!


Well, I’m just going to jump right into today’s topic, which is dealing with end-of-the-school-year stress or, as one of my clients calls it, “the busy of May.” This is the time of year when everyone is pretty much done with school: kids, parents, and teachers. The weather is beautiful, the daylight lasts later into the evening, and everyone’s looking forward to their summer plans, whether it’s camp, a trip, or just sleeping in a little later in the mornings.

These last weeks of school have us spending our time and money on things like recitals, tournaments, awards assemblies, proms, graduation ceremonies, gifts for graduates, gifts for teachers, class projects, and final exams. It can feel pretty overwhelming at times.

But the reason it can feel overwhelming has nothing to do with any of the things I just mentioned. It has to do with how we’re thinking about this time of year.

  • There’s so much to do.
  • I’m so done.
  • I can’t wait for this year to be over.
  • I wish summer was here already.

These types of thoughts cause us to feel stressed out, resentful, and impatient. And when we feel those feelings in our bodies, we don’t show up as the best versions of ourselves in our lives and with our families.

We can’t focus on what we don’t like and expect to have positive feelings and experiences. The good news is that we get to choose how to think about this time of year and feel any way we want. Instead of resisting or arguing with our circumstances, we can decide consciously how to think and feel about them.

For example, if you want to feel relaxed and at peace as the school year ends, you might think:

  • Everything’s going to work out great.
  • I’m so thankful for this time of year and the many ways we get to celebrate.
  • Of course my kids are complaining about school now. They’re tired, but it doesn’t mean anything’s gone wrong or that I have to be upset about it.
  • I have the strength and patience to navigate these end-of-school weeks with grace.

Once you’re in a calm frame of mind, then you can be there to support your kids through their end of the year stress. You can empathize with them about not wanting to go to school. You can encourage them when they’re nervous before a recital. You can make yourself available to help them create a study schedule or review material with them before exams. And you can acknowledge all of their accomplishments along the way.

The last thing your kids need when they’re stressed out is for you to be stressed out, too. I love the analogy that Susan Stiffelman uses of parents being like the captain of a ship. She says that kids need the security of knowing someone capable and loving is steering the ship and helping them navigate the choppy waters of life.

So in order to be the captain, you need to take care of yourself and your emotions first, so you can show up as calm and confident when your kids aren’t. It doesn’t mean you never get stressed, but you can learn to manage your stress and get back to steering the ship more quickly.

Right now in my family, we’ve got the excitement of junior prom, the anxiety of final exams, and one of my kids (who shall remain nameless) complains pretty much daily about having to go to school and how she can’t wait for it to be over. I just listen as she tells stories about her day and we laugh together about some of the shenanigans that go on during the last month of school. I let her know I have full confidence in her ability to make it through the next few weeks in one piece even though she’s not so sure. So, I’m right there with you, mama.

It’s my mission to help moms feel calm, confident, and in control of themselves so they can be at their very best for their families. If you’re finding it challenging to get through the “busy of May,” schedule a free consultation with me where I’ll help you uncover the source of your stress and give you a game plan for conquering it. Go to to sign up.

I’ll talk to you again next week. Bye.

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