3 Survival Tips for The School Year

Sarah Caskey

School bells are ringing, and the classroom supplies have been secured. Newness saturates the air as this anticipated season has made its way back to us again. For many of us—whether parent or child, teacher or student—nervous butterflies and anxious thoughts may mark this time of busyness and uncertainty. Though you may not have the answers for what lies ahead, you do have more power than you think. So, here are 3 survival tips for the school year.

1. Pray for peace.

It’s easy to worry about all the what ifs that lay before us. We wonder about academic progress, social engagement, and the health of our families and friends. We want stability and security for ourselves and for our loved ones. Yet we are only capable of doing so much. Ask God for peace in the midst of our unknowns, remembering that He knows what we cannot and that He cares for us in the midst of it all.

Though we do have worries—and though this task is difficult to do—we can still cling to the peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7) as we cast our cares upon Jesus (1 Peter 5:7). Remember to take your concerns to Him in prayer, knowing that the Lord is still in control.

2. Display kindness and patience.

The complex emotions that we experience are undeniable and oftentimes overwhelming. And kids are likewise facing many of the same difficult feelings… Yet they are doing so without the same tools in their “emotional toolbox” that we have gained through life experience. As a result, kindness and patience must encapsulate the interactions we have with students as they process life.

Our kids may not be sharing the fears and anxieties they are feeling. They may not even know how they are feeling in these moments. Consequently, difficult behaviors may arise in these hard moments. So, be quick to listen. Be prepared to gently vocalize your own concerns as you validate theirs. But overall, continue to model what it looks like to trust the Lord and extend grace to each another. In doing so, kindness and patience will become the norm (Proverbs 22:6).

3. Pursue a partnership.

You’re not alone this school year. Others are involved, too—from coaches to teachers to Sunday school leaders. As a result, partnerships must take place among all parties involved. So, commit to open communication. It truly takes a village, and your involvement will benefit growth and development. It may just lead to further gospel conversations taking place, too.

Just as Paul commanded the church in Thessalonica: “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Your concerns for this school year are no doubt felt by others, too. So, be an encourager, a communicator, and a team player.

As you continue into this fall semester, make sure to take these 3 survival tips for the school year with you. And as you do, you will bring God glory in all you think, say, and do.