The school year is underway, and on this Friday morning (probably Monday or Tuesday by the time I publish, hashtag such-is-my-life), I am desperately praying for the grace to make it through the day.
On this recent Friday, we had dentist appointments–for all the kids. One threw a tantrum in the truck on the way. Another grumbled early on about needing to be dressed before 9am. One kiddo couldn’t handle writing more than two sentences.
It was only 11am. I was D O N E.
My kids, and probably many of yours, have met new teachers and classmates already. Some are the new kid in school. Some are full-time homeschooled, like my family has done, but the back-to-routine is still hard on them. Maybe in your family, your kids, like one of mine, can’t wait for school each day, thriving on the routine and learning and interaction. You, in the other hand, just poured another cup of coffee, forgot where you left your pencil and lesson plans, and you’re dreaming of a quiet forest or beach where you can sit and read a book in peace.
I hope I’m not alone feeling overwhelm already at the end of the first week of school. (Please tell me I am not alone.)
And if you have older children, you might be finding that your concerns grow with your child’s shoe size.
How does a mom keep up with the needs of her children? How do we meet their needs, fill their bellies, engage their minds, and nurture their hearts and souls?
And how do we support their friends and teachers and coaches and mentors, too? I personally can’t do all the fundraisers and appreciation events and parties and volunteering…
So how does a weary mom like me support all these needs and people?
This year, I’m refocusing my prayers for my children and their learning and activities and friends and mentors.
I’m praying for good, uplifting friendships with other kids who will build each other up.
I’m praying for teachers who challenge and listen and care about each student.
I’m praying the teachers inspire my students to learn and keep trying when they make mistakes.
I’m praying for friends and mentors alike to be supportive and encouraging of my kids being their best selves.
I’m praying my kids are encouraging to their friends and peers.
I’m praying that each day, God’s graces renew us all, and that we face challenges with courage.
Pray for me, with me, for our kids and their friends and mentors this year.
And sometimes, I’m praying this (cute and candid) homeschool mother’s prayer. (free download!)
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