The Next Step

 

It’s that time of year! If you have kids who are school age you are taking them to school, meeting the teacher, dropping off school supplies, and–if you are an emotional nutcase like me–you are keeping a strong front to hide that you are about to burst into tears.

My son started kindergarten, and up until the week before school started I was so excited for him to start this BIG step in life.  Then I started having emotional bursts of crying, thinking of him when he was just a baby and worrying if he would make it ALL day without me.  I am dedicated to being a stay-at-home mom, so one of my worst fears is that when he goes to school, I won’t be there when he needs me.

  • Be happy! Embrace this transition!  This is a huge milestone you have worked toward, so count it a blessing that you have made it here with your kids. Of course my son is beyond ecstatic about being a big kindergartner and is embracing it, as I believe any parent would want them to.  But I suddenly realized why it was so hard for me.  With this new transition, it wasn’t just my son growing…I was growing too.  We are taking that next step toward responsibility, learning, and becoming more independent.  Our relationship is changing, and this is hard!  But I want to offer some words of encouragement that are helping me at this time.
  • Be proud!  Let your kiddos know how proud you are that they are taking this big step and you are beyond ecstatic for them.  Encourage them!
  • Be there!  Your kiddos will STILL need you, they aren’t going off to college…yet! 🙂 Be involved as much as you can in school activities.  When they come home, greet them with a big hug and ask them how their day was.  Be there on those tough days that we all know will happen. They will REALLY need you then.

I pray this is a source of encouragement for all parents who are sending their “babies” off to school. No matter what grade they go into, they are ALWAYS our babies!  I know I need reassurance that our kids need to take this perfectly normal next step, so let’s embrace it! It’s tough but with God’s guidance, love, and grace we will get through it.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.” — Jeremiah 17:7 (ESV)

What words of encouragement can you give in these hard next steps in life?

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  • Kristi

    Truly a new step for many parents right now. I loved what you said, “But I suddenly realized why it was so hard for me. With this new transition, it wasn’t just my son growing…I was growing too.” With every step we take as a parent, we are growing and God is growing both us and our child towards His purpose.
    What a great point to ponder!