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5 Back-to-School Tips


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School starts soon!


As students begin public school, homeschool, or college, nervousness and excitement build. Chatter about classes and friends fill the air. Stores stock back-to-school supplies, while people zig zag around looking for the best deals.


Teachers decorate classrooms, and college professors prepare syllables. At home, parents toss ripped folders and smelly shoes. All juggle last minute appointments and jot down new activities on their calendars.


How can we start the school year off right for our kids, grandkids, or ourselves?


1. PERSISTENT PRAYERS

Pray for your kids, grandkids, friends, and teachers. Pray that they have the courage to stand for up for what is right. Pray for protection, purity, and purpose. Pray that they will grow spiritually throughout the year.


2. AFFIRMING WORDS

Tell your students that you love them! Think of creative ways to tell them by writing a note, sending a text, or making a favorite treat. When something is done well, tell them that you are proud of it.


3. HELPFUL ROUTINES

Write down schedules where everyone can see them.

Look for ways to carpool, combine trips, and block off family time. Team up with other moms, grandmas, or neighbors to run errands or drop kids off.

Keep "school stuff" in a certain area so that it is easy to find.

Set out clothes and make lunches the night before.

Plan a head with crockpot and freezer meals. Stock the pantry with heathy snacks.


4. LOVING TOUCHES

Give frequent hugs, high fives, or back rubs. Loving touches relieve stress and say, "I care about you."


5. FOCUSED LISTENING

Ask your student questions about his or her day. Then Listen. Power off technology and engage in meaningful conversations. If your student is at college, call or stop by for a visit once in a while.


As schools start, may we pray, edify, plan, hug, and listen to our students.


Lord, thank you for a new school year. Please bless the teachers with wisdom and the students with appetites to learn. Help me to faithfully pray, listen, and encourage my students.

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