Equipping Our Kids for Success
With August beginning, we parents start preparing our kids to return to school. The school sends out shopping lists, ensuring kids have all the necessary supplies like pencils, notebooks, and backpacks. But is that all our children need to be truly successful this school year? We know our kids need more than just school supplies; they need emotional and spiritual preparation to navigate the challenges ahead. Here’s a checklist on how we can equip our kids to flourish academically, emotionally, and spiritually this school year.
1. Cultivate Courage Rooted in Faith:
Joshua 1:9, “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
The Bible tells us not to fear 365 times. As parents, we can instill this powerful truth in our kids’ hearts, reassuring them that they are not alone on their school journey; God is with them!
Sharing personal stories of how we’ve faced our fears with God’s help can be incredibly impactful. If you’ve ever felt nervous about something and prayed for courage, tell that story to your child. Being transparent about your own experiences will not only foster a deeper connection between you but also encourage them to lean on God in their own fears.
2. Emphasize Prayer as a Source of Strength:
Philippians 4:6–7 “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Teaching our kids the power of prayer is a gift that will serve them throughout their lives. Show them how praying about worries can bring peace and strength. By witnessing prayer’s positive impact, they’ll learn to rely on God’s guidance and trust in His plan for their lives.
3. Foster Positive Friendships:
Proverbs 13:20 “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Help your kids identify and establish good friends. Positive friendships provide emotional support, build confidence, and help kids overcome challenges with a sense of unity.
Let’s embark on this new school year with hearts full of hope and trust in God’s loving plans for our children. Together, as a family, we can journey through the school year with faith, confidence, and the knowledge that God is guiding each step. May our kids shine brightly as they embrace the adventure of learning and grow into the remarkable individuals God intended them to be.