Tips (BY YOU) to Survive the Coming School Year

School BusIt’s that time of year again – kids are returning to school.  Whether that means they have returned to the actual classroom or back to the kitchen table, it’s a new school year which probably mean some stress (mixed in with the audible sounds of cheering) for mom and dad.

I was thinking about writing an article about “How to survive the coming school year”, but it dawned on me… you parents are the perfect audience to GIVE this advice! We all have gone through our own set of challenges with our kids. Some of them academic, some of them emotional–but we have forged through as a family, using our own set of survival techniques!

So I’d like to ask YOU,  the readers of the What’s in the Bible? blog, to help out your fellow parents and write down your best advice for surviving the coming school year.

Write your advice from a personal perspective, be that of a home schooling parent or one who drops their kids off at a brick and mortar school.  Share your advice about getting through the next 170 (…but who’s counting) days of school!

If I were to give my best piece of advice for surviving the school year, it would have to be: Pray for, and diligently listen to, God’s direction.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates to change direction midway through a lesson plan– not to mention an entire curriculum!  But like many of you home schooling parents, I have had to stop what I was teaching (or HOW I was teaching or what I purchased to teach) and re-evaluate specific academic goals and learning styles.  It can be frustrating.  But I know there’s always a God-given peace when I pray for discernment and then obediently follow the Lord’s direction; keeping in mind that peace may not necessarily equal joy, at least at first.  Joy will eventually follow.

Okay mom and dad, what’s your best advice to survive the coming school year?  Please post your comments below.

About the Author: Lisa Strnad is a weekly contributing writer to What’s in the Bible? and Jelly Telly.  She works freelance in Christian Media, specializing in writing, promotions and marketing. Lisa lives with her husband and their two sons in Nashville, TN. Follow her personal blog: www.talkinglikeagirl.blogspot.com

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Mozi Esmes Mom
Mozi Esmes Mom

My daughter is a bit nervous about starting kindergarten with a bunch of strange people. I recently read a post about talking with her about our "gifts from God" - the people in our lives - and how each new classmate and teacher is a gift from God to her, to be valued, cared for, loved. It's changed her perspective a little - she still has a problem with the idea of loving our enemies, those who bully us... :) - but I think she will be heading to school with less focus on herself and more on the feelings of others, thinking how she can show compassion and kindness. Me - I'm still a bunch of nerves for her sake! :)

Demetria @ Christian Homeschool Moms
Demetria @ Christian Homeschool Moms

We absolutely need to engage our kids in prayer (not just pray FOR them, but encourage them to pray WITH us for themselves). I think it teaches our kids how much they need God's provision, protection, and guidance in their own lives and gives them a sense of responsibility for their prayer life. We are homeschooling our two little gems this year and every morning I wake up to teach I'm reminded how much I need to pray for my kids (and myself too!!) to get through each day successfully. I also pray that God will lead me to wonderful,godly resources (such as this one) to share with my kids so they'll grow in Him.

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Wow I am thankful that God brought me here to this blog. We have 3 little God-given gifts heading to school (first time for 2 of them) in a WEEK. I confess I haven't been interceding for them or with them as much as I ought. As well I haven't been reading the Bible with them at the time when our minds are most open to God's truth that sets us free. I'll have to remember to ask God for direction and to make Liz & I the best parents we can be, and that God's will would be done in our lives from milliseconds to millennia. I'm grateful for such excellent resources as What's In The Bible, JellyTelly.com, KidBuilder.net, YaHero.com, BibleBlackBelt.com, YouVersion.com, and much more that help take our little astronets where God wants their minds to be! I wish I could purchase the Church editions of What's In The Bible to make in depth understanding of the Bible the first thing us and our kids learn from here on out. I find the songs to be so fun & helpful in highlighting salient points God wants us to put to use in freeing from all that ensnares!

Ajay Pollarine
Ajay Pollarine

We must all spend every morning with our children and the Word of God, encourage our children to ask God for advice and guidance throughout the day, Privately pray for our children, pray WITH our children, and pray for ourselves to be the parent God desires us to be. Do not fall for the excuse that the enemy (and our own flesh) gives us about how busy mornings are, if we value something (someone) we will make the time necessary. Show our children that we value the Lord and them above all other things. (Especially work/money) Once we have given this sort of dedication to our God and shown our children this sort of dedication and love all other things will show themselves to be "sinking sand" and we will walk uprightly without fear of any part of the school year.