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Thursday, July 14, 2011

“Put on Your Own Mask Before You Help Others”

This summer I did something that I have not done in a very long time. We took a family road trip for about three weeks celebrating a family wedding as well as that of a friend’s daughter and visiting places we have lived.

I was a bit leery before I left. This feeling was caused by a) we would be doing a lot of driving and b) that I was taking a lot of time off.

Now that we have returned I can tell you that spending some significant quality family time and being away was exactly what the Doctor ordered. I had a great time connecting with my teenage daughters (we know at times how difficulty that could be), spent time and reconnected and in some cases connected with friends and family. Overall it was one of the best vacations we have had as a family in a long time.

During this time I remembered something I heard a number of years ago. A number of years a go someone told me that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. They used the following example: That on an airplane you are told that you must first put on your oxygen mask before you assist others, bottom line we need to take care of ourselves before we can help others.

As educators we need rejuvenate and help ourselves so that we can be there to help our students.

Social media and technology and all of these other tools are important, necessary and vital, however sometimes we just need to unplug and reconnect with our family and friends and take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.

Enjoy the rest of the summer


  1. I couldn't agree more with you... we sometimes forget that the list is family first then our profession.

  2. Malcom,
    Thank you for your comment. It took me a long time to realize that and there are still times that during the school year I fall into the trap

    Thanks for sharing