Pray much for students

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Psalm 127:3-5

3 Children are a heritage from the LORD,
   offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
   are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
   whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
   when they contend with their opponents in court.

Every year children and young people start at new schools — and every year parents wonder what to do. Whether it’s your child’s first day at preschool or the start of year 7 or 12, there are always new challenges. Kids, as well as parents, often struggle with saying goodbye at the classroom door and hello to the start of a new year.

These are challenging but frequent reactions to the start of school. All children have a lot to adjust to when they are going to a new school or moving up to a new class. And their reactions to starting school will vary. One of the big adjustments is separating from their parents and creating a bond with their new teacher.  Dr Michael Thompson, author of The Pressured Child, says

"Parents as well need to let go, learn to trust the teachers, and support their children’s independent experience. And they need to recognise that their children may not approach school and learning the way they did!"

Take a few minutes to pray for children going to a new school for the first time today, for their teachers and for their parents.