As your kids head to their school, we prepare them with proper school supplies, a nice backpack, and a lunchbox to hold a nutritious meal. But are we preparing our kids spiritually for the kinds of things they may face at school? Throughout the year, consider praying for the following. – By Arabah Joy
10 Important Back To School Prayers
1. That they would be a light in the darkness at school
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 (ESV)
Students may not be thrilled about their summer break drawing to a close, but retailers couldn’t be happier.
Back to School Tips:
- Create a family station where you can find what you need as you head out the door. You could include or set up an in/out box for school forms.
- Make a budget – You know what you need and know how much you can afford.
- Shop on tax holidays – More than a dozen states are giving shoppers a break from paying the state sales tax on certain purchases. Here’s a list of states offering sales tax holidays: Sales-Tax Holidays
- Look for Sales & Shop around – One of the best ways to save money is to comparison shop. This is particularly true for notebooks and other supplies, as well as clothing.
- Consider Waiting – You may not get the same selection, but bargains can be found after the school year begins and stores move to clear out shelves to make space for the next batch of seasonal items.
Source: Tips back to school spending
Put bedtime battles to rest now. Put your children to bed 10 minutes earlier gradually till you get to the desired bedtime —
that way the switch won’t be such a shock.
Shop your closets before hitting the stores. You never know what you might find. There may be barely used or new school supplies, forgotten clothes, or an older backpack that’s suddenly trendy again.
Run inside and play. This year, when you get home from work and school, make it a point to spend at least 15 to 30 minutes connecting as a family: play a game, take a walk, snuggle on the couch. This simple idea can do wonders to reduce whining, sibling rivalry and marital strife.
Back to School Tip of the Day: Volunteer your time or expertise. Dozens of research studies have shown that children whose parents are involved in their school do better academically and socially.
Back To School Shopping… Be a smart shopper
- Check your closet: Many times you head to the store without sizes or a list of items you must have. My daughter has been out of school for 2 years and I am still finding un-opened subject dividers and highlighters.
- Check online: Many companies are offering penny sales and coupons do your research – you may have to go to more than one store but if the budget is tight it may be worth it.
- Avoid use your credit card if possible: Anything you may save will be eaten by interest charges unless you can reap the rewards from a points card and pay the balance at the end of the month. Some retailers still offer interest free lay-away.
- Separate wants from needs: Even elementary aged children can learn the value of a hard-earned dollar – it’s okay to face reality with your children and only get what you “need”. You are not a failure as a parent if your kid doesn’t have every luxury.
- Try Gently Used: There are several different consignment shops and resale shops where uniforms and other clothing items are worth a look.
- Shop at the right time: Combine coupons and the tax-free holiday or other door-buster sales together for maximum savings.