Here in Georgia our kids are heading back to school this week. Already? Yep! The school year grind has begun.
And ladies, now is the perfect time to unplug, regroup, breathe and plan out how you’re going to keep your family from falling apart.
When my kids were young, I loved the first day of school. I made a huge deal about the first day. The frenzy of buying back-to-school supplies, uniforms (they all went to private Christian school) and walking them in the first day were rituals that I will always remember. (Let me make a note here, I DO NOT miss those days! Lol! Although I will always remember them.)
I loved back to school time because it was the time I set aside for myself to think through how I wanted my family and that school year to unfold. It takes planning to keep a family together and as Moms, we play a huge role in that process. So when the kids went back to school, I planned. I thought, I prayed. And I implemented strategies to keep my family from falling apart. I have a ton of things that I’ve done through the years (my “kids” are now 28, 25, 22 and 21). But here are two of my most powerful strategies:
No fighting, ever. My kids were not allowed to fight with one another—including but not limited to—punching, hitting, name-calling and the like. If I caught them being “mean” or saying “mean” things to one another, they had to immediately stop, apologize and forgive. Always. Did I catch everything? No. But what I did catch, I dealt with. And to this day, they are all still close.
Celebrating always. We celebrated absolutely everything! An A on a hard test, we celebrated. Becoming class president, we celebrated. Playing a good game (even if the team lost) we celebrated. We have a little ice cream shop close to our house called Bruster’s. It was not uncommon during the course of any given week for us to pile in the car in PJs to get a scoop of our favorite ice cream and rehash the victory of the week. Celebrating brought us together and to this day keeps us together as a family.
This week, let’s think about our family relationships. As you unplug, what new strategies can you develop that will keep your family from falling apart? I love the verse we’ll read and journal about this week because it’s such a strong promise that God has given us.
Reflection for this week:
“And He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers” Malachi 4:6
- What family relationships need to be restored in your life?
- How do you envision your family coming closer together this school year?
- What’s one new strategy you need to implement to keep your family from falling apart?