It is that time of year when kids are starting to go back-to-school. The time when parents take to social media to talk about how they can't wait to shove their kids off to free babysitting. The time of running errands with out bickering kids and watching Netflix without being interrupted. Now I know some of the pictures on that big ole' internet are meant to be funny. I myself have even laughed at the staged ones like Jessi Kittrell's famous "Bye Felicia" picture (which you can tell was well thought out and her kids had fun doing with her.) I get that keeping a house clean without littles dumping toys all day is easier. I totally get my mommy time and our mommy and daddy time.
But I'm worried. I'm worried about that frazzled mom who has been saying all summer to her kids that she can't wait to send them back. I'm worried about that first grader who thinks his parents don't want him around. You see little kids have big feelings and this perpetual push to get some "me time" and "time away" from the kids can cause some emotional damage to our children. Society has told us that it is okay to celebrate back to school as back to myself but what message are our kids receiving. What are we leaving them to think about with those thoughts swirling in their heads.
I know I'm a homeschooling momma so I'm not doing those traditional back to school times but long ago I did send my kids to school. I remember crying that first time I sent my oldest off for those long four hours. He looked so small, too small to be left with someone other than me or his dad. Of course he was fine but I bet he knew that day I was just as sad to leave him as he was to leave me. My second son skipped away happily on his first day thrilled to join big brother finally. Then I was home alone with no kids. It was an empty time until my 3rd son came along to fill my days. I took on babysiting my little cousin and it was a joy to have him around. I honestly never enjoyed sending them off. I lived for our summers and we had so much fun during school breaks.
The bible talks about children. Remember these are the same kids we've prayed for, asking God to bless us with those sweet babies.
Psalm 127:3-5 King James Version (KJV)3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Our children should make us happy and they are a gift from above. Going to school is a natural part of most children's lives but we need to make sure that we are sending them off in love. With the knowledge that we miss them when they are gone and look forward to seeing them and hearing about their adventures when they are home. I know parenting is hard and I know how tired we are but it is a small thing to show them that they are a treasure in our lives.
So as back to school season swings your way remember how you send off your kids. Are you sending them off with a full tank knowing that Mom and Dad can't wait to see them go or are you sending them off with the knowledge that you're going to have a big celebration now that they are gone? Do they know you are praying for them to have a wonderful and successful school day? Do they know that you look forward to those times when they are home?
How Are You Sending Your Kids Off This Year?
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