Private school. Homeschool. Public school. We’ve done them all. Heck there have even been days when we did “no school.”
Did I just say that out loud?
When I homeschooled Conner, our oldest, that’s when I was the most enthusiastic! Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Latin, Greek, Shakespere and the list goes on and on and on. My head spins with the thought of it.
Oh the pressure. The first born are always the guinea pigs.
I followed the crowd. I lobbed onto the latest curriculum. The latest book. The latest idea from the latest movement I happened to be a part of.
Long hair, short hair, only skirts, no skirts, some make-up, no make-up, dating, no dating.
Shoot me now!
And she still likes me! Grace is a miraculous thing.
As Conner was preparing to graduate high school I realized I didn’t teach her to be a wife and mom. I supposed I wasn’t teaching her because there wasn’t a curriculum for it. Wink wink!
However, she relieved me from my torment saying, “Mom you didn’t need to teach me that. I learned by watching you.” Beautiful!
Here is the first thing that can help you navigate the school year no matter where your children attend:
It starts with us. It is difficult if not impossible to impart wisdom to our children if we do not have a relationship with the Lord first and foremost.
In Deuteronomy 6:6 God had a little job for ole’ Moses. Moses, bless his heart, was trying to get the Israelites to own up to a few of God’s loving commands so they could enjoy long life. Who doesn’t want that? In verse 4, however, Moses was talking to the parents first. “Hear, O Israel. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Only after this command does he counsel them to impress them upon their children.
Our walk with Christ is the most important thing our children will ever witness.
Perhaps the more appropriate question would be “How will God use you this year?”
Here are 5 Bible verses to help you be the best parent you can be:
1. When asked by a Pharisee which is the great commandment Jesus replied,”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37
2. This is one of my favorites and one I often pray over my children. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
3. Lets face it, we all have a tendency to compare ourselves and our children with others. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
4. Let’s be wise with our words when speaking to others and to our children. “A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.” Proverbs 18:7
5. Of all the gifts we could give our children let’s pray for them to have wisdom. “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.” Proverbs 4:6
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