Caring for Your Children This School Year 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

As our brave children pack up all their things and head off to school, it can feel like such a break for us mamas. After the shuffle of getting them up and off, we can feel that we finally gained some time back and a slower pace to our days- which is a beautiful thing! As a working mama, you can drive to work knowing that your kids are being cared for and have something worthwhile to occupy their days- unlike the chaos of activities and childcare during the summer months which can be very stressful!

While we may be getting our “break”- and I say that loosely assuming some of us still have younger kids at home or the pressure of working- they are working hard, too. From learning new concepts that can be difficult, interacting with their peers (which can obviously be tricky), navigating being a good listener as a student, and trying their best to hold in all of the woes of their day until they get back home. Whew! That’s a lot for a young mind.

As mamas, we should expect our children to collapse at the end of their day- understandably so. You may see more attitude, impatience, grumpiness (that they’ve tried to keep in), and the list goes on…! We are their soft place to land after experiencing some bumpy ground all day long. That’s a lot for us mamas, too.

Take some time before the kids come home from school to prepare your heart and mind. We want to reflect Christ to our children. A beautiful time to do that is their entrance to your home. You won’t always do this perfectly (give yourself lots of grace!), but a little intentionality goes a long way. Spend some time with God, listening and asking Him for love and patience. Ask Him for eyes to see your kids as He does. He will help you!

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What types of struggles were your children having last year? Commit to praying for those things to not be struggles this year!
  2. Ask God to give you wisdom and insight for your children individually for this next year. He will show you what each of your kids needs from you, and be faithful to answer in action!

Love, Krystle Porter & the Help Club for Moms Team

“So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:21

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