NAVIGATING A NEW SCHOOL YEAR

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for kids, parents, and grandparents alike. However, it can also be a busy and hectic time. Amidst the hustle and bustle of a new school year, it’s not easy to prioritize academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, family time, and faith. There are only so many hours in the day. Finding a way to squeeze all of it in can get overwhelming.

If you worry that you can’t teach your kids or grandkids all that they need to learn, have faith in this scripture: “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” – Isaiah 54:13

This verse reminds us that our children’s education is important, but it’s not just about what they learn in school. It’s also about teaching them faith and instilling values. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone!

Here are a few tips that will help you nurture your child’s faith during the school year:

Help your child connect to our faith community. Whether it’s attending church, participating in a youth group, doing a Serve project, or simply finding a group of like-minded friends, connecting to the church on a deeper level can help your child grow in their faith. If you are wondering about the best ways to do this, talk to Beth Green or Miles Barnes. They are happy to find ways for your child to be more engaged!

Encourage your child to ask questions. Faith is not a static thing; it’s always evolving. As your child grows, their understanding of faith will change and grow with them. Encouraging them to ask questions and explore their faith will help them develop a stronger foundation. I’ve found the best time to do this is in the car ride home from church. Talk about what they learned and see if there are ways to live it out during the week!

Make time for family prayer and devotions. Even if it’s just a few minutes each day, taking time to pray together as a family and read scripture can make a big difference in your child’s faith life.

Teach your child by example. Show them how faith is an important part of your own life, and how it influences the way you live and make decisions. Help them understand that faith isn’t just something we do on Sundays, but something that should be a part of our everyday lives. Find ways to nurture your own faith by serving or joining a small group, asking hard questions, and finding time to pray. Your kids will notice when you do and be more willing to discover why it is important to you.

By following these tips, you can help your child (or grandchild!) navigate a new school year with faith as their foundation.