The first day of school will be here in just a few weeks. To be ready for your best year ever, just remember the 3 P’s:
"Finally, enjoy these school days with your children. Believe it or not, graduation day will be here before you know it. You will look back and cherish this time you’ve had to impact your child’s life."
- Starting back to a new routine can be stressful for everyone, so allow extra grace in all areas as you all settle into the new school schedule.
- Make time for God each day and encourage your child to do the same. Colossians 3:21b reminds us, "you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Those are excellent qualities to live by and especially those first few weeks of a new school year.
- Find the right balance--make sure your child is getting enough sleep, enough playtime, etc. Schoolwork, church, extracurricular activities, while all good, can take up quite a bit of time. Now is the time to help your child learn that no one can do everything.
- A place for everything and everything in its place (or almost). Nothing can throw off a day like searching all morning for that one lost assignment or book. Take some time now to develop and label “homes” for each child’s items. Then, explain to each child that they are entrusted for putting everything in its proper “home”.
- Set clear rules and expectations up front. Explain to your child what your academic and behavioral expectations are. Let them know when and where you expect schoolwork to be done and how. Talking about these items beforehand will help ward off any unnecessary arguments or misunderstandings.
- Communicate and connect. Make sure you communicate early and often with your child’s teachers, school administrators, other parents, friends, etc. Whether you talk, text, email or use social media--stay in contact. And, don’t forget to listen to what others have to say also.
- Pray with your child before they leave for school and let them know you pray for them while they are at school. Even if your teenagers roll their eyes, it is significant that they know their parents are praying for them.
- Encourage your child each day. God created and gifted them uniquely. He placed them exactly where they are so they could be a blessing and bless others. Encourage them to walk in that God-given ministry.
- Your child takes their cues about their school and their teachers from you. Always be positive and encouraging about your child's school and teachers. Don’t say anything negative about either one because your child will pick up on it.