In many places around the country, school is already in full swing. Here in California, at least where we live, we are still part of the “school starts after Labor Day” crowd. So, though we’ve still got 21 days of summer left, this is what was going on in my house this morning:
We’ve got the backpacks packed and the first-day-of-school outfits picked (is it weird that my son and daughter want to be matching the first day??). All these preparations have got me thinking about how strange it still is to be on the parent-side of things. If you’ve read the story behind Throne of Grace (you can find that here), then you know that I used to be an elementary school teacher. Year after year I anticipated the start to a new school year and worked to establish good relationships with new families. The majority of those relationships were fabulous from the start, some required a little amount of massaging, and then there were those that I felt I was never able to win over! Now I’m on the other side of the fence and I pray each year that I can be the blessing to my children’s teachers that so many wonderful parents were to me.
If you are preparing to entrust your children or grandchildren into the hands of a new set of teachers this year, take a few minutes to make a make a plan. Whether attending public school, private school, or homeschool, you and your child will have interactions with other adults who will be a part of the process of training and guiding. It may be a classroom teacher – or it could be a Sunday school teacher, music teacher, or coach. Here’s Molly’s list of