As we prepare to send our kids back to school next week, I can’t help but think of how much we are required to do during this time of year as parents. So many expectations are placed on us to make the first day perfect. Every year this process kicks off with the school supply list. Often times we will have to go to multiple stores to find the items that are needed. Rarely does it occur that all of the items we need are in one store! Next comes shopping for school clothes. I have children that fall on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to their wardrobe. One child has to painstakingly pick every single item down to the socks. My other child is perfectly fine with what ever items are purchased for them. Once we’ve managed to pick up school supplies and add a few items to their wardrobe we still have one more task to complete. Meet the Teacher day. It never fails that this event occurs right in the middle of the day when we are working. Every year we somehow manage to figure out the logistics of which one of us will be able to attend. Fast forward to the school cafeteria. Here we can observe dozens of frantic parents and children that just want summer to last a little longer. A lot of material is covered in a small amount of time. This is the day when you receive every possible flyer for the upcoming school year.
Parent Teacher Organization, School Advisory Council, School Lunch Programs, After School Programs
The list goes on…
At the end of the day you are left with a stack of papers to fill out, activities to register for, and additional fees to pay. The list of to dos can be overwhelming. Even for the most organized parents, there is a small level of anxiety that remains. “Did we forget anything? Will they have everything they need?” As you and you family navigate the Back To School Season, here are a few tips to help you keep the peace in your home.
1) Be Present
Although this is a stressful time for parents, this can be a really exciting time for our kids. Take the time to be fully present and engaged with them. Talk to your kids about what they would like to accomplish this school year. What areas do they need your help and support in? Fully enjoy this season with your littles.
2) Be Intentional
Many activities and events will be presented to you and your family throughout the school year. Be intentional about where you choose to focus your energy and attention. There are a few questions I ask myself to make sure I am participating in things that are edifying the kingdom and that are purpose driven.
- Am I the best person to complete this task?
- Will this deepen relationships with my family and friends?
- Will this glorify God?
3) Be Prayerful
With the busyness of everything happen this time of year it’s important to make time to pray together as a family. Take a few minutes to pray with your kids before starting the day. Encourage them to surrender their worries to Jesus.
4) Be Approachable
Inevitably kids make mistakes. Encourage them to communicate with you when they are struggling in a certain area. Let them know that you are here to help them and guide them when they stumble.
There is no such things as perfection when it comes to parenting. It’s ok to make mistakes. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. The same grace we extend to our children, we must show to ourselves.
I hope these tips help you this school year. Please share in the comments below what helps you during the back to school season.