A devotional for parents, featuring the New Living Translation
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Wednesday March 1st, 2017
 
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.
 
Proverbs 3:1, NLT
 
I live right next to an elementary school, so even if I didn’t have school-age kids of my own, I would be reminded annually of the beginning of the school year. Around 8:15 every morning and 3:30 every afternoon, scores of children walk past my house. They’re fun to watch, especially on the first day of school when parents of kindergartners walk their five-year-olds to the building and release them to the care of their teachers. I can remember that day. It’s a scary occasion for parents to realize that suddenly others will be exerting great influence over their son or daughter. It’s true, of course—teachers, textbooks, administrators, coaches, peers, and others within the system help mold and shape our children. The parents’ role is still the most vital, but others are part of the process.

That’s why it’s so important for parents to get involved in the schools. Although some administrators and teachers treat parents like outsiders, most welcome our participation. Becoming involved in school will give us the opportunity to keep in touch with what is going on, keep close to our children, and exert a positive influence on kids’ lives. Elementary school teachers are always looking for aids or helpers, chaperones, and drivers. The parent-teacher organization is always looking for members. Junior high and high schools often need assistant coaches and guest speakers.

In the past few years, I have headed the committee for the elementary school Fun Fair, run Campus Life/JV in the junior high school, chaired the Choir Parents gift wrap fund-raising sale, helped plan and run the senior all-night party, and served on the high school principal’s parent council. I’ve been busy, but it’s been well worth the time and effort, and it has been fun.

Too many adults are so preoccupied with business and other pursuits that they ignore their kids. Then they complain about the schools. Instead of whining and complaining, we can jump in and make a difference, even after our kids are gone.

What are you doing in your community’s schools? You don’t have to do it all! But pray for the administrators, teachers, and children you know. And get involved—make a difference.
 
 
 
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