No matter how old your child is, if they’re headed back to school soon, it can be a stressful time for parents. Here are a few quick tips to help you make it through this time with a little bit of your sanity in tact.
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1. Choose a Verse
Pick a bible verse that is a go-to for your children. For example, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). One of your biggest worries about back-to-school time might be the challenges, people, and influences your children may face. Cover your children with the promises of God’s Word. You can’t be there to fight their battles for them, but find peace in God’s promises for your children.
2. Arm Them
Every morning, I arm my children with the full armor of God. One day they might think it’s silly, but I won’t stop doing it. As long as I am responsible for them they will be armed with the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth, the Sandals of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Sword of the Word of God. That they may use these tools for any battles they encounter in school and in life.
3. Smart Shopping
This one is a bit more practical than spiritual, but God does like it when we are good stewards of our money, right? Back-to-school shopping can be a lot of fun for kids but really stressful for parents. My kids are still at the age where I don’t have to involve them much in the process. I can bargain shop without them worrying about name brands and trends. If you can get your kids to fall in love with creating their own unique style at places like Once Upon a Child or Plato’s Closet, your bank account will love you for it!
4. Plan Ahead
A huge time saver and sanity-saver in our house is utilizing Sunday evenings for planning time. I pick out an outfit for both of my kids, for each day of the week. You’ll be surprised at how much stress it relieves and the amount of time you will save in the mornings. If you’re kids are at the age where they’re picking out their own clothes, encourage them to try this practice. It’ll definitely help them in the future.
You’re not the only one who has fears about back-to-school. Heading back to school can be an exciting time for some, but this time could be accompanied by many fears. Will they fit in? Will they be bullied? Will the next grade be too challenging for them? Don’t just assume that they are ready and hopeful for the new school year. Let your children know that you are there for them. To talk. To listen. To advocate for them. When you know that your children trust you enough to be open with you about what’s going on in their lives, it’ll give you more peace about letting them go.
Ready or Not
Ready or not, here it comes! And if you’re feeling a little anxious about back-to-school, I’m right there with you. But “Be anxious for nothing” (Phillippians 4:6), my dear friend. Apply these tips and be encouraged, because God has your children in the palm of His hand and I’m praying for you all!