The end of summer is inevitable, yet the start of the school year seems to creep up on us each and every August.

The nature of surprise indicates a lack of preparedness. But when it comes to kids getting back into the school-house rock routine, lack of preparation is not an option; unless you prefer chaos and snotty tears.

We, as a Kids Ministry, want to equip your family to live in the peace and truth of Jesus. And the transition from summer into the school year is a time when that peace is extra-appreciated. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a peaceful start of the school year.

Rest + Routine

Our God is a God who favors rest (Genesis 2:2-3, Matthew 11:28-30). He created us knowing we would function best with physical, mental and emotional rest. One of the best things we can do as caretakers is make sure our kids are getting the rest they need, especially when heading back to school. If summer has been filled with late nights, spend the week before school adjusting back to a normal bedtime. This will make those early mornings more peaceful for everyone in your house! Returning to the school year routine before the school year actually starts is like laying out a clear path for your kids to follow. We were made to walk on the path laid out before us (Proverbs 4:26).

Modeling + Encouragment

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul exhorts us to “be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1). As we imitate God as He has revealed Himself to be (joyful, patient, kind, self-controlled, etc.), we are modeling Christ-like behavior for our kids to follow and therefore become imitators of God as well. What does this mean for preparing to go back to school? If we model peace and trust in God in all circumstances, our kids have a great example to follow. If we model fear and anxiety, it is almost guaranteed that they will act in the same spirit. We have a great opportunity to step out in trusting the Lord, even if walking in peace is an act of faith and not based on actual circumstances.

We can also be imitators of God by speaking encouragement to our kids. It is a lot easier for a child who knows he is believed in to believe in himself. Statements like, “This is going to be the best school-year yet!” or “I can’t wait to see what God has planned for you this year!” could be exactly what your child needs to walk out in boldness and confidence.

Prayer

Last but definitely not least (and probably most important) is prayer.  Hopefully, life has made it very clear to you that you can do absolutely nothing in your own strength. And the same applies to your kids! Take some time each day leading up to the first day of school to kneel before the Lord and ask boldly for a transformative and enjoyable school year for your child. He wants us to ask of Him so we can delight in His response. And remember – He is for your child’s best; even more than you are!

So here’s to the best back to school experience your family has had yet!

By Jessie Nahom, 1st – 3rd Grade Children’s Pastor