Being a teacher, I don't get paid in the summer, and our family hasn't really taken a true "vacation" in about two or three years… until this past weekend (because I have to work at other jobs to make money for the family).
We traveled for about 4 hours to a place where I needed to go to a meeting on Sunday, but the rest of the weekend was ours as a family. I truly think that it's important to do that, and I certainly want to do it more because before you know it, "the kids will be off to college" … is what we hear all of the time.
It's kind of like your classroom.
I dread the last 20 days or so of the school year (even though I enjoy them… if that makes any sense)… because soon, they'll be gone!
THESE are the days that I cherish. The days where we're building the system in the classroom and bonding together so that we can flourish. It's kind of like a family in a sense.
However, it's still tough to come back to the classroom after a long weekend with my own family, because I really enjoy the time together. Even though it's not all perfect the whole time (yes, our kids do argue at times… contrary to what some people might think), and I think it's very healthy to try and figure it out, and to focus on the good times that we've had.
The same thing happens in the classroom. Students are very enjoyable at times, but on occasion can have some conflicts as well. It's also very healthy to try to work them out, because I tell my students (and our own family)… "It's not IF something goes wrong, it's WHEN something goes wrong and how you handle it."
It's still tough, however, to discipline yourself … especially after a long weekend.
Everyone needs to learn how to do it, though!
Teachers are no exception.