Contributed by Eva Fleming
The long warm days of leisure and enjoyment are over. It’s time to go back to school. Parents plan for healthy breakfasts and lunches, shop for school supplies, go back-to-school shopping, take the kids to get immunized, plan for after school care, arrange homework help, enroll in extracurricular activities, and the list goes on. It can be an exciting time, as well as a stressful one.
If you have already done all these things, you are on your way to a successful year, but there’s still much more to be done. After the excitement of the first few days of school is over, it will be time to help your children see the ultimate purpose of their education, as opposed to the immediate results. It’s time to teach them why they get up in the morning, get dressed with their new clothes, eat their healthy breakfast and walk out the door with their new school supplies. Now it’s time to help them make sense of all these rituals.
Your job is to teach your children that the purpose of education is to attain wisdom, acquire discipline, learn what’s fair, receive knowledge and direction, and apply prudence. Every night they sweat to finish their homework, they are learning discipline. The daily practice of postponing fun for the sake of a job well done, gives way to wisdom. The daily opportunities to treat friends with respect, puts them in the path to fairness. Listening to the instructions of an adult, gives them a chance to practice respect. Seeking answers when questions are difficult, teaches them to love knowledge.
The character that children can develop through their school experience is much more valuable than straight A’s and Honor Rolls (even though those are fun too). School is not only about math, reading and science; it’s about much more than that. Prudence will give a child shrewdness in a confusing world; knowledge will given them the information they need to thrive; wisdom will help them apply what they already know. You want your children to know, to discern and to receive. You want them to study and develop a teachable heart.