3 tips for surviving back to school transition
By Sherise Henry
The back to school season is upon us and many parents and students are getting ready to make the switch from late nights and loose schedules to morning routines and homework time. God’s plan for our lives includes excellence in every area we allow him to reign over. Though anxiety may be a bit high this time of year and students may seem a little reluctant to get started at first, this season can be a huge success and confidence booster for children and parents learning the lesson of how to adapt to change. Here are three tips to help reaffirm you and your child’s confidence and put the school year in the right perspective.
REAFFIRM STUDENTS ROOTS IN LOVE- Having a source a child can depend on for love and acceptance goes a long way in building their confidence to handle the outside world. Love builds us up and promotes our faith. 1 Corinthians 13:8 reminds us “love never fails.” 1 John 4:18 also tells us that “there is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear” Telling your child how much you love and believe in them can reaffirm their sense of well being. It allows them to know that there is a place they can count on for encouragement. Hugs and high fives are also helpful this time of year to boost your child’s belief in the fact that their parents support them. IF you’re a teacher this sense of love and acceptance may be something you can give a child that is missing this support system at home. There are thousands of teachers who fill the gap in supporting a child’s self esteem each day of the school year.
KNOW THERE WILL BE A TEST- School is an institution for learning, however many times the tests students face have nothing to do with classwork. Some of the things that will be tested is there confidence, their faith, their self esteem, their ability to handle pressure and their patience with themselves and others. All these life lessons can be met and conquered when a parent or student is aware that they exist. The expectation of challenges gives us the opportunity to brace ourselves. While we will never know which hardship or challenge in life will face specifically, what we can do is guard ourselves in prayer against the attack of the enemy in any area of our life. Peace, joy and fulfillment are not just desires there ours by inheritance as believers. A morning prayer before school is an awesome way to start the day and a beautiful habit for students to form when they fill the need to talk to God on their own during the school day.
PLAN TO PLAN AHEAD- A well prepared student always has an advantage in doing well. Preparing for the day ahead both physically and spiritually adds a sense of calm and assurance to the mind. Teaching your child to be organized is also a life skill they can keep with them and carry throughout life. Although it may seem like an extra burden at first. Forming the habit of ironing clothes ahead of time and doing homework early, gives parents a chance to spend time with children and talk about other social issues that may be affecting them.
Remember God can prepare and carry us through any season of life. May you feel his presence throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Be blessed.