It is back-to-school week in our house. We survived the first four days, and are expecting to make it a full week without complete breakdown. Crossing our fingers. It wasn’t an easy wakeup or carline drop-off this morning.
As a family making this transition back-to-school, I know firsthand some of the ups and downs. It’s an ebb and flow of emotions both good and bad. Some moments are filled with smiles and laughter while others are darkened by frowns and crying. It’s a week of schizophrenic type behavior as a group. At least one of us at any given time in the day are acting out in some way.
We, and most families who are back-to-schoolf, could use your prayers. Don’t panic. We are OK. It’s just a phase. We have done this before. We will make it out alive and well. Still, your prayers would be much appreciated.
Based on my experience, here’s how you can pray:
- Pray for sleep. Most families dropped the strict bedtime routine in the summer months. Kids aren’t used to going to bed early so they can wake early. Acclimating back to this pattern takes time and negotiation. One thing is for sure: healthy sleep patterns are a requirement for sanity. Please pray for sleep.
- Pray for courage. School can be a scary place, especially for new students whether it’s a kindergartner or a transfer. For some, it’s the first time they will be without mommy and/or daddy for a full day. Fears creep in their little hearts and spirits. Please pray for courage.
- Pray for friends. Each new school year introduces students to an entirely different set of classmates. One year, your best friend may be in your class. The next year, she may not. Students must learn to re-socialize with new faces and names. The ability to make friends is essential. It’s where students find happiness and support in those long days of hard work. Please pray for friends.
- Pray for teachers. Teachers spend more focused time with students during the week than many parents. For a solid 7 hours, teachers have the attention of your kids. It’s a HUGE job many of us wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. Teachers need patience, grace, vision, kindness, passion, forgiveness, and a whole list of other attributes. A teacher can make all the difference in a student’s desire to learn. Please pray for teachers.
- Pray for parents. Back-to-school is an adjustment for mommies and daddies, too. Like our kids, sleep patterns relaxed in the summer. Summer schedules were more flexible. We made time for some fun and relaxation. Now, it’s back to timeliness and routine. Days become more full with morning rituals, school drop-off and pickup, work, homework, after school snack time, exercise, dinner, shower, wind down time, bed time, and repeat. The day kind of just runs all together. By the time kids are off to sleep, parents barely have enough energy to hold their own eyes open. There is little time to relax and breathe, especially for single parents. Please pray for parents.
- Pray for grace. With all this new stress, emotions will run high and low. Words will be said out of frustration in ways not so pleasant. Feelings will hurt. Misunderstandings will be inevitable. It may seem as though everyone has gone crazy at some points. It’s really just our emotions adjusting to a difficult transition. Please pray for grace for one another.
Families who are back-to-school could use your prayers. I hope this gives you a starting place. My list isn’t exhaustive. Please feel free to add to it in the comments.
For those of who do pray, every back-to-school family says, “Thank you!”