Faith in the new school year
By Angel Starks
In the public school setting, the message of the cross or faith in God isn’t displayed. As a result, it is important as Christian parents to make sure you build your child up and prepare them emotionally, mentally, and spiritually every school year. Each school year will come with new challenges.
I have created an acronym from the word “School” to give emphasis on key concepts that can help your kids adjust to a new school year.
S — As parents we must encourage our children to be SEPARATE
2 Corinthians 6:17 (NLT) says, “Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord…” Our children face so much peer pressure. We must encourage our children that it is important to not believe doctrine that contradicts God’s word nor behave adversely to those beliefs. We must also encourage our kids that it is okay to be different and do what is right by God and their parents by not associating with negative peers.
C — As parents we must be CONSISTENT
We must consistently discipline our kids, steer them in the right direction, and redirect them if they get off track.
H — As parents we must also be HANDS-ON
I encourage parents to go to school to eat lunch with their kids monthly, and volunteer as a room Mom to see what is being taught to your children. Your presence can bring emotional security to your child.
O — As parents we must be OBSERVANT
1 Peter 5:8 – Be of sober spirit, be on the alert your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
There may be times when our kids may not communicate when something negative has happened at school. So we as parents must be alert, constant in prayer in order for God to speak to us or give us the discernment we need to minster to our children. Their demeanor can tell us a lot about how their day has gone.
O — As parents we must teach our children the importance of OBEDIENCE
Titus 3:1 – Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed.
The bible speaks of the importance of being obedient, because it leads to life and blessings. We must encourage our children to be respectful and obedient. If our children have an issue with someone that is in authority over them at school, let them know that you will handle it and encourage them to just obey.
L — As parents we must be good LISTENERS
I have learned that sometimes our kids just want us to listen and not respond. We can sometimes hear in our kids’ voices when something isn’t okay, and being a good listener will help us discern the need for intervention or just the need to give encouragement.