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20 Things Not to Worry About Today

Give school worries a vacation

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Of course you're going to worry about how your child's doing in school. And these are some of the things you're going to worry about. But how about, just for today, you don't worry about them. Just for today. You can worry about them again tomorrow. You can worry about them next week. But today? Out the window. Will the world fall apart? Probably not. While these things may be individually worrisome, they are not in fact changed just by worry. If you want to strategize, communicate, plan, act, do something positive to change things, go ahead! But worrying, just plain old, passive, gut-wrenching, mood-dampening, child-snapping, crazy-making worrying? Give the worrying a break. Resume worrying tomorrow. You know tomorrow, right? It's always a day away.
  1. Whether your child's grades will get him on the honor roll.
  2. Whether your child's grades will let him pass on to the next grade.
  3. Whether your child's grades will get him into a good Ivy League college.
  4. Whether your child will have friends.
  5. Whether your child will have the right friends.
  6. Whether your child will have the wrong friends.
  7. Whether your child's teacher likes her.
  8. Whether your child's teacher likes you.
  9. Whether your child's teacher's dislike of you spreads over to your child.
  10. Whether your child's clothes match.
  11. Whether your child's shoes match.
  12. Whether your child's eating what you put in his lunch.
  13. Whether your child's eating things from other kids' lunches.
  14. Whether your child did her homework right.
  15. Whether you did your child's homework right.
  16. Whether the homework your child brings home today will be too hard for him.
  17. Whether the homework your child brings home today will be too hard for you.
  18. Whether your child passed the test today.
  19. Whether your child will pass the standardized tests this year.
  20. Whether all this is just some sort of test for you.
Gotta worry? At the least, learn how to worry more constructively.
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