High School Stress: What This teacher (and Mom) Sees

As parents, we all want the best for our children. So when we nag them about getting higher grades, and when we lose sleep at night worrying about test scores, extracurricular activities, community service hours, and the whole college admission process, it stems truly from the best of parental intentions.  But as a high school teacher, daily I see the burden of all this parental, societal and high school stress on the faces of my high-achieving students. And as a mother, I fight the urge to gather my students in my arms, dole out warm cookies and cold milk, and put them down for much-needed naps.

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