For the past few days, I’ve been telling our Sixth Grader that he is fine. That he is doing fine and that everything will be just fine. And there’s a bit of urgency in those statements, because its seeming a bit contrary these days.
Apparently, Sixth Grade is pretty hard. Last year, in Fifth, our son got away with a pretty easy year. Most days he didn’t have homework and when he did, it took him all of five minutes. However, a lot can change in a year.
Sixth Grade, is different. Sixth Grade means that he about an hour of homework every day with tests and quizzes each week and multiple ones from multiple teachers. It might just be me, but it seems like there’s been an awful lot of them for it being just the beginning of the school year. But I suppose that those ancient civilizations, and health and wellness charts and erosion cycles are just begging to be quizzed about and so that’s what they’re doing. And huge props to our son who is learning how to be hard working and diligent when it comes to his studies.
So we are doing our best to help him find balance. Because like most kids, it’s not even just the extra school work load. It’s also the after school clubs and the cross country practices and the other groups and activities of our lives. Yesterday, Christian was overwhelmed having just come home from the Good News Club at school, only to eat a quick snack and then head out for Cross Country practice. I quickly reminded him that he was fine. That running would actually make him feel better (it did) and that he would have time after to do his homework and then enjoy a little game time as well.
And I write this all to say that I really want to help our son find balance through this very busy year. I truly do believe that everything will be fine, but I also know that it’s going to take work both on his and on our parts. He needs to learn to get things done and to work hard and to be diligent. And we, as his parents, need to work on encouraging him, on helping him learn time management and on being gracious when he needs it most. Also, there will be a lot of praying. Christian told me tonight that he had prayed that God would help him with his studying and not to be overwhelmed and thankfully he felt calmer after doing so. It was a beautiful reminder for me to remember to pray for him and for me to be able to help and support him in any way that I could.
Am I alone in this? Probably not. So for all of us parents and for all of our kids, I’m declaring that it’s going to be fine. We will be fine and it will all work out fine. Let’s focus to do our best to love and support our kids. To keep the good and the necessary, and to carve out anything that is excess. Let’s pray for our kids and for ourselves, as it is not easy and let’s know that God will give us the wisdom and the support that we all need so very much.