Squeaky new tennis shoes, alarm clocks sounding, and a backpack full of unsharpened pencils. School buses swinging around the corner, swapping summer stories, and reuniting with friends. These are a student’s happy hallmarks of the first day of school.
The start of school is more of a mixed bag for parents, however. Our heavy tote bag is full of thoughts like, “Will his teacher like him?” “How will this school year prepare her for the future?” “Six hours a day is a long time to be away from home! Will the people at school love my child well?”
It’s hard to face the unknowns of a new year. There’s surely no such thing as a perfect life… or a perfect school year, but there are some sure-fire steps to pave a path to a year that all parties enjoy—students, teachers, and parents.
Start with prayer.
It’s a joyful thing to serve a God who cares about each moment of our lives, including our child’s hours in school. A favorite quote I’ve heard says, “Prayer isn’t just preparation for the work. Prayer is the work.”
We parents can attest to how exhausting the work is to get ready for school—shopping for supplies, adjusting the morning schedules, and restarting the homework routine. But how many times do we forget to pray, laying the foundation for a great school year? Take some quiet time today to pray for a great start.
Help your child be prepared.
To set a positive tone, do all that you can do to prepare your child for life at school. Attending “Meet the Teacher” nights or introductory meetings shows both your child and her teacher that you care about school. Making sure your student has the supplies he needs equips him to do his best. (Most teachers have resources to help you fill this need if your household budget is stretched too thin this year. Don’t be afraid to ask.)
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