Back to school means school clothes shopping, school supplies, lots of excitement and maybe a little anxiety--and I'm not just talking about the kids! Sending our kiddos back to school can be a daunting tasks for parents.
Especially significant are the worries we have for our children's hearts. Will they click with the right social group? Will they be bullied, find themselves alone at lunch or recess, will they be able to keep up with the academic standards?
I want to share with you an activity that we have done several times throughout our kids' school years. I have to admit that I can't take any credit for this idea. It was inspired from a portion of Focus on the Family's book The Spiritual Growth of Children.
This year as all three of our kids entered a new school (and junior high at that!), we repeated this tradition. This year things are getting real. A lot of the prep and parenting we have done is behind us and they will be faced with some real life choices and decisions as their freedoms are significantly increasing and they are becoming mini-adults. After some time in prayer the Lord led me to three Scriptures to give them. I had Callie help me by preparing some paper with watercolors. I wrote the verses on each card and after reading the passage and explaining it to them we gave them to them to hang in their lockers.
Sending our kids off with Biblical encouragement will always bring peace to them AND to us as parents. It also gives them a purpose beyond thinking about themselves and the worries that come with the first day. And by the way, these (big kids now) started early this year at their new school and all came home with fantastic reports. I pray that yours do the same!