My wife, Twyla, is a public school art teacher and this week she began her summer vacation. She has seventy five days without children. She has seventy-five days without morning duty, bus duty, or lunch duty. She has seventy-five days without collaboration or curriculum meetings. She has seventy five days to rest, relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate for next school year beginning in August.
Not only is my wife a teacher, throughout the school year I perform my stress reduction keynote program titled Let It Go, Just Let It Go for numerous educational conferences and professional development days. I see the stress today’s teachers experience firsthand. I believe it is essential teachers take time to do things they love during to summer to rest, relax, recuperate, and rejuvenate. Reading, working out, taking a vacation, being with your family are all excellent activities.
Twyla loves gardening. Every day she is home during the summer, she can’t wait to plunge her hands into the soil in our yard. If fact, for Mother’s Day, I bought her a new shovel and she loved it. She has been down ever since breaking her old one. The day she broke it, she told me, “I loved that shovel. I’ve had it longer than I’ve had you and gotten more work out of it.”
Have a great summer and always remember laughter matters.
If you are a teacher or have a teacher in your life, send me an email with your mailing address to [email protected] and will send you a free copy of my stress reduction book Let It Go, Just Let It Go for a summer read.
Known as the “World’s Cleanest” comedian and speaker, Kent Rader helps people learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress. Kent is the winner of the Branson Comedy Festival and co-stars in The Baby Boomer Comedy Show, Clean Comedy For People Born Before Seatbelts. (You may watch Kent’s segment on Comcast’s Who’s Laughing Now at