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Dreading the new school year? These 7 stories can help!


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 07/31/21

If you need a little encouragement to get you ready for back-t0-school, check out these helpful articles.

One of the best things about the summer is having time off from all those school stresses. But before you know it, you’re back to organizing school supplies, lunches, and trying to persuade your kids that school is great (unless you’re blessed with kids who love school)!

To help motivate you and your family to embrace a new school year, take a look at some of these useful and inspiring stories.

To help manage anxiety …

Many children see school as a source of stress. As school draws nearer, their anxiety levels can climb, so take a look at these handy tips to reassure your child.

How to comfort your child when school is causing anxiety and upset

We all need support …

This inspirational story shows the power of a community of loving dads. These men made sure that their kids’ first day back at school was full of love, support and reassurance.

Inspirational dads get together to give kids a positive back-to-school boost

Look to the saints …

If your child is struggling at school, they’re in great company. Many saints found school tricky, but they managed to go on and achieve spiritual greatness and assured a joyous eternal life. So don’t feel demotivated; seek the intercession of these holy men and women.

6 Saints to turn to if your child is struggling at school

Pack a little comfort …

Pop some anxiety-busting items in your child’s school bag to help them through the day. It’ll not bring only physical comfort, but remind them you’re by their side.

6 Things to pack in your child’s backpack to help with back-to-school anxiety

Foster friendships …

If your child is very anxious, try to find other kids in the neighborhood who might be in need of a little support, too. This photo of two new friends facing school together reminds us how children are naturally great sources of comfort to each other.

Heartwarming photo of elementary schoolboys is a lesson for us all

Look to prayer …

When needing a heavenly shoulder to lean on, look to prayer for added support. And with COVID providing continued uncertainty for many, this short prayer from actress and mom Jennifer Garne seems so appropriate.

Jennifer Garner’s back-to-school prayer is one all parents will love

Remember to smile …

Laughing is a great stress relief, so try to have a good giggle now and then. This one is especially for the homeschoolers among you who’ll be busy trying to plan all the details of your child’s new school year. (All parents will surely appreciate this, too, after their recent remote learning experiences!)

12 of the funniest homeschooling memes

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