It’s the first day of school. Facebook timelines were filled with snapshots of kids posed with backpacks, uniforms, and lunchboxes standing in their front yard smiling for the camera. Hold the camera phone for a second! I’m not talking about a kid’s first day of school EVER. I’m saying there were several people who had pics of their kid’s first day of school…as a Sophomore!
It makes me laugh how the web has made posting pictures socially acceptable and fun.
Can you imagine if you went over to your friend’s house, they pulled the shades, and showed you slides of their kid’s first day of 4th grade? I doubt any of us would “like” it. We’d be thinking, “What’s next, your kids first trip to Skyline Chili?” *see Will Howlett’s facebook page circa 2010
I can’t blame parents for taking pics of their kids on their first day of school. They’ve put a lot of time, money, and energy into preparing them.
The right clothes,
The right shoes,
The right classes,
The right transportation route,
The right supplies,
The right amount of sleep,
The right paperwork....all with the goal of their children finishing the year successfully.
I recently attended a workshop on how to prepare students for the transition from middle school to high school. The JCPS counselor leading the session shared that 9th grade has the highest attrition rate because students aren’t prepared.
My daughter doesn’t even start school til next year and we’ve been talking about preparing her for over a year!
Now let’s change gears.
If you are a parent, what are you doing to prepare your child spiritually?
Do you put in the same amount of time, money, and energy in making sure your child isn’t a victim of the attrition rate? Researchers found that almost three out of five young Christians (59 percent) leave church life either permanently or for an extended period of time after age 15.
What things can we do to prepare our kids spiritually so they are prepared not only for this life, but more importantly the next life?