Reassurance of God’s presence
Many children, especially those in elementary school, have trouble adapting to the new routine and the new surroundings of school. They may feel alone without their parents or usual caregivers. It’s important to remind them that God is with them all the time and everywhere. He’ll be with them through all the happy, exciting times. And he’ll be there to give them strength in the difficult times, too.

Don’t give in to the end of summer blues.
Author John Acuff says “You set the pace with your kids. You set the vibe. You are the emotional barometer in a lot of ways.” First off, remind them of how much fun they’ll have seeing their old friends and making new ones. Help them recognize all the great things that a school day has to offer. All happiness and sunshine and fun isn’t over just because school has started and summer is ‘over’. Wring every last drop from this time of year. Have a water balloon fight the week school starts. Grab ice cream Tuesday afternoon after school. Go for a family walk after dinner on Thursday. Stay in the pool all day on Saturday. Be intentional to keep enjoying ‘the summer’ together.

Encourage
Write a handwritten note on and include it in their lunch boxes or put it where they can easily find it around the house (on their pillow, at the breakfast table, the bathroom mirror). Include Bible verses like Joshua 1:9, Numbers 6:24-26, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 28:20, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 13:5, Ephesians 4:32, Psalm 136:1 and Psalm 118:24. Write a few sentences about their specific strengths and skills. Highlight the accomplishments you’ve seen throughout the summer. If you know about specific fears, mention them briefly and write words of encouragement to build up confidence.

Note Ideas:
• I love you.
• I’m thankful for you.
• I prayed for you today.
• I can’t wait to hear about your day!
• What three things are you thankful for today?
• Let’s visit Grandma and Grandpa this weekend.
• Make someone smile today.
• Pray for a classmate today.
• Remember to thank your teacher.
• Pray for your teacher today.
• I can’t wait to see you after school . . . let’s do something fun together!

Kids of all ages need praise and affirmation. It builds confidence. It lets them know that you notice the wonderful gifts that God has given them. In short, it makes them feel good, and that is extremely important for children who feel anxious about school.

Pray for your child
Heavenly Father,
I’m overwhelmed by your grace in calling me to parent.
And I am so thankful you have promised to lead our family.
I pray we don’t get in your way!
But when we do, lead us to realize we are, and to rejoice in your forgiveness.
God, please continue to parent me as I parent my children.
Send your Spirit to guide my family and strengthen our faith as you have promised to do.
Grow our love for each other, strengthen our relationships and teach me how to pray for my family.
Increase our faith in you and love for each other.
Heavenly Father, I love being your treasured child!
May my children experience that same joy in their relationship with you and with me.
God, I love you.
I pray and ask all of this in your precious name, Amen.

Adapted from © 2017 CTA, Inc. Used with permission.

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