I am Second has graciously published my Back-to-School article:
Here’s the quick summary:
1. Anxiety going back-to-school is normal.
Why be surprised? Embrace it; accept it as normal; lean into it.
2. Don’t make anxiety personal.
There’s no shame in suffering. There’s joy in growing through it (see James 1:2-4 in the Bible).
3. Get personal.
Each child is different, and getting to know your child or yourself goes a long way in personalizing the journey.
4. Tolerate uncertainty; live by faith.
This article is coming out as COVID-19 numbers have been spiking in the U.S. again. And it’s an ample reminder of uncertainty- for some the greater uncertainty is other people more than it is the virus itself. Also see my article, “Walk By Faith, Not By Coronavirus.”
Faith is not a blind throwing our hands in the air, like the Journey song, “Livin’ On A Prayer”- it is desperate dependence on God who has revealed Himself while we also feel and face doubt, uncertainty, and screw it up (Hebrews 11:1).
5. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
We all need help, and getting on the front side of a problem is one of the best things we can do. If we schedule regular visits for physical health why not mental health?