Do you have the perfect plan for each of your children this year? Do you have everything you need? Are you on track? Are you excited or nervous? Are you confident or afraid? Do you feel happy or burdened?
Parents have always trained their children. Homeschooling is not a new idea. Relax. You love your children. You want what’s best for them. You know what you’re doing. God loves your children. He made them. He trusts you with them. You are just right for the job.
Try this daily back-to-school checklist to keep your school year on track and don’t forget–relax!
_____ 1. Thank God for trusting you to train your children.
_____ 2. Thank God for making each of your children exactly as He did.
_____ 3. Pray for God’s guidance and blessing on this particular day.
_____ 4. Do something that shows your children that God is first in your family.
_____ 5. Smile at and hug each of your children several times today.
_____ 6. Have a calm conversation with each of your children today.
_____ 7. Give your children time to play today with things that are not electronic.
_____ 8. Spend some time reading aloud to your children today, even if it is only one chapter.
_____ 9. Spend at least a little time today with your husband with no talking about homeschooling.
_____ 10. Go to bed early enough to get good rest and leave today’s worries in God’s hands.
You don’t have to worry about the whole school year and you certainly don’t have to worry about the next 4 or 12 years or whatever other length of time you might be worrying about. When Jesus taught His disciples what we usually call The Lord’s Prayer, He told them to ask:
Give us this day our daily bread.
That’s enough — just one day’s worth — because we serve a God Who will be here tomorrow just as He is today. Just as He will give you His bread tomorrow, He will give you what you need to teach your children, too.