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:

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