|It won’t be long before our beautiful pond is iced over |
and our park covered in snow.
Oh, my goodness! The anxiety over the starting of a new school year is palpable, isn’t it? So many unknowns out there.
It seems that everyone I talk to is anxious about their situation, and every situation is different. No two moms out there have the exact same set of issues when it comes to school next year. Some moms have to work and don’t know what they will do with their kids. Some moms teach and can’t imagine teaching and managing remote learning for their own kids. Some moms have their moms living with them and are scared to death that COVID will invade their homes. Some moms stay home and can’t imagine taking on the role of teacher. Some moms are sending their children off to college.
No two situations are the same. We must all remember that before we judge another mom’s decision on the matter.
I think it’s important to remember that our kids don’t know how to react because they’ve never experienced anything like this before. You have never experienced anything like this before, but moms still have to teach their children how to handle the hard situations of like. You will set the tone for how your children handle this school year. It is probably going to be a challenging year, to say the least. How can you prepare your children for unknown situations?
I believe we can all use this year as a huge life lesson- for ourselves as well as our kids. Let’s teach our kids that life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. Life throws us curveballs. We cannot allow ourselves to live in the “What Ifs” of the school year. What if my kindergartner had gotten to have a “normal” school year to start his education journey? What if my son had gotten to have a “normal” football season his senior year? What if my daughter had gotten to have a “normal” freshman year at college. These “What if” questions are endless. But, we have to live in our “What Is.” The sooner we come to terms with the reality of our lives, the sooner we can move forward. I spoke to the “What If’s” in a blog post a few years ago. You can find it HERE.
We can all use this time to grow emotionally and spiritually. We show our children how to handle and maneuver the ups and downs of life simply by how we treat those ups and downs. Life is never going to be perfect. But I do know that, no matter what, life is going to be OK.
So many parents are second-guessing their decision of how they are maneuvering this school year. They are also worried about how they will handle all of the unknown situations that may occur. I told this story to a friend while walking this week. I also shared it with my pastor. I hope it encourages you as much as it has inspired me!!
I’m doing a long-distance book study with a friend from Texas on the book, Get Out Of Your Head, by Jennie Allen. I highly recommend it. She shared a story from Corrie ten Boom’s book The Hiding Place.
Father sad down on the edge of the narrow be. “Corrie,” he began
gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam–when do I give you your ticket?”
I sniffed a few times, considering this.
“Why, just before we get on the train.”
“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going
to need things too. Don’t run out ahead of Him, Corrie.
When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look
into your heart and find the strength you need—– just in time.”
Moms, don’t worry about this next school year. God has already gone ahead of you. He knows what is to come. He will, in His magnificent way, let you know how you should handle every situation that is to come when it’s time!! I truly believe this with all my heart!!
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