Back to school! Maintaining Grace in the Madness

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Hey Parents!

I am SO excited for the start of a new school year! I wanted to share a recent blog post I wrote for our brand NEW GraceKids website (Should be up and running by the first day of school). I thought all of my kinder parents would enjoy the read.

I want every one of my parents to know that I am praying for our upcoming school year! I am praying for your child every day. I am also praying for myself. I am praying that I will be exactly what each and every student in my class needs me to be this year. I am praying that we will laugh, learn, and most of all love every single day that we are together and that God will speak to their hearts through me. I feel so blessed to be your child’s teacher!

 

Here is the blog post I wanted to share with you:

It’s that time of year again! The long, hot, joy-filled days of summer are coming to an end and now it is time to go back to reality. Returning are the days of homework, packed lunches, early bedtimes, even earlier alarm clocks, and crazy rushed mornings. This is a very stressful time for many families! Here are a few tips to help you maintain an attitude of GRACE in your home during the back-to-school season:

G- GET enough rest. Don’t wait until the night before school starts to enforce an earlier bed time for you children (and yourself 🙂 ). Start a week or two before school starts. Your family will be very exhausted the first few weeks of school. Practicing an early-to-bed and early-to-rise routine before starts will make the transition that much easier on everyone.

R- ROUTINE is key! Routines and procedures in the home are just as, if not more, important than routines in the classroom. Have a plan of action to attack the back-to-school season. Pack lunches at night or in the morning? Pick out clothes the night before or first thing when we wake up? Morning showers or night time showers? These are questions that, if left without thought and consideration, can become stress points in your home. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost had a breakdown over not being able to find shoes for one of my four children when we were running late! Every family is different, but for my family, it works best to have as much done the night before. We pack lunches, backpacks, pick our clothes, take showers, and lay everything in an easily accessible spot for the morning. Get the whole family involved! My husband typically packs lunches (complete with sweet notes for the kids), I pick clothes for all four kids, my daughter helps with shoes and bags, and the three young boys try their best to not scatter everything before morning 🙂 . Remember, its not about perfection, its about direction. Some days your routines will go out the window and you will just be in survival mode (see next tip for what to do then) and that’s OKAY! Start fresh the next day!

A- ASK God for help! Some people may think it is silly to pray for things like smooth mornings and for the ability to locate shoes for all four of your children, but God does not! He wants to hear all of your requests and he wants to help you! Pray specifically for your family during the back-to-school season. Pray your children are receptive to the changes in schedule, pray you can remain positive when time is crunched and schedules are hectic, pray your child makes new friends, pray that your child is kind and that the light of Christ’s love shines through them and out to others, pray your child is filled with new knowledge that builds on old knowledge, pray for your child’s teacher and for her children (remember she is adjusting big time too), pray for your child’s school, and then pray some more when you think you are done praying! The reality of life, especially during back-to-school time, is that even with routines, rest, cheerleading, and the expectation of successful day, we still need God. We can prepare our children in every way that we can imagine, but their success rests in the Lord. Proverbs 21:31 tells us “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” Put victory into this season of your family’s life by not letting those praying knees get lazy!

C- CHEER each other on! Let’s admit it, we all get frustrated when times are hectic. Especially at our children, who neglect to do the one thing you’ve asked them to do FIFITY times this morning. I heard a wise person recently say “If you focus on the negative, thats all you will see”. Wow, isn’t that the truth? If I’m focusing on being late, Jax not putting on his shoes, lunches that I forgot to make, and all of the other things that have steered off course, I begin to think my day is terrible before it has really even began. Be intentional about focusing on the positive. Your brushed your teeth? Fantastic!! You brushed your hair? Splendid!! We are only 15 minutes late? Glorious!! You get the idea:). I’m making a new rule to say three positive things to each one of my children before we leave the house each morning (thats TWELVE things in my house) along with one positive text to my husband while he is at work. Just think of how much better everyone’s day will go if we are all cheering each other on. Go team!

E- EXPECT successes and failures. You will have good days, you will have bad days. One of the best things you and your family can do to get through the back-to-school season is learn to roll with the punches. Learn from the bad days, and rejoice in the successful ones! The same principle goes with for your children in their classrooms. They will have good days and bad days (their teachers will too!). Extend grace to them on their bad days, rejoice with them on their great days. We are all in this together!

This is going to be an AWESOME and BLESSED school year ! I hope these tips help you and your family keep the GRACE in your homes and hearts during this back-to-school season!

Other news:

-Meet the Teacher will be on September 3rd (you should receive a post card very soon).

-First day of school is TUESDAY the 8th

See everyone soon!