I always thought that if I had the option to send my children to a private Christian school, or to home school, I would. Unfortunately, no matter how I looked at it, it just wasn’t the best solution for my family. Financially, private school just isn’t an option. As far as homeschooling, I’m not sure I’d do my children much justice. I must admit that patience and even structure and organization are not the strongest parts of my personality. I do what’s needed to maintain my business, of course, but I’m a free spirit at heart. I love the flexibility of being a business owner and setting my own pace. Lessons plans and educational outings are confined to the summer time usually and leave me feeling drained.
Needless to say, our children go to public school. While we are in a great district with plenty of awesome people, I can’t help but to worry about the effect that public school will have on my Christian child. Will she become corrupted by outside views? Will she be force fed viewpoints that differ drastically from our own beliefs, only to become confused?
And then, I thought… maybe I should give her a little more credit.
Truth is, the light of Jesus shines through my child in a way that only a child can radiate. What am I afraid of? Surely the God that I believe in is powerful enough to watch over her, even when she’s away from me! What if my child is just the tool he would like to use to create a miracle in her classroom! Rather than being worried, I started focusing on preparing her. It was then that I realized that sending your Christian child to public school can actually be a positive, rather than a negative!
Will you be sending your Christian child to public school? Here are some tips to prepare.
1.) Talk to your child
Seems simple enough, right? The catch is that the talking can’t ever cease. I must talk to her honestly and frankly about the world and our faith. I must let her know that people differ from our views, yet we should remain faithful to the Lord. I must make sure that she is well aware of the obstacles that face Christians in today’s society, as well as the great promises God holds for us if we remain steadfast in our faith.
2.) Teach Your Child To Pray
Sure, we say prayers each night and before we eat… but does my child really know how to pray? If so, is she comfortable praying outside our home? It is our job as parents to ensure she does. In every situation, and every circumstance, I want my child to know that God is always with her, in a way that I cannot be. I want her to always feel comfortable speaking to him, no matter what. Also assure your child that you will be praying for them constantly as well… and do just that.
3.) Dress Them In The Armour Of God
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV
Each day, be sure your child is armed and prepared to face the world with the armor of God in tact. You can do this by reading the bible with them in the morning, and teaching them to focus their mind, hearts, and every part of themselves on God’s unfailing word.
4.) Teach Them To Minister
What better place for your child of God to shine in the Lord’s work, than among-st their peers. While you should teach your child that not everyone will agree with our viewpoint, you should also teach them the proper way to share the word of God (without being judgmental of other’s decisions in the process). Isn’t that what we’re called forth to do as Christians? Why shouldn’t they use every opportunity they can to speak the truth. Be prepared to defend them in this if need be, but show that that we will never back down from our faith.
5.) Send Reminders
Last, but not least, it doesn’t hurt to send your child fun reminders. A note with a bible verse in their lunchbox or a letter of encouragement scribbled in a notebook can go further than you would ever imagine. I love the line of inspirational back to school supplies by Sadie Robertson that is offered at Family Christian. These little quotes and reminders are great.
Do your children attend public school? What tips do you have for helping them keep their faith, in a world where it’s becoming increasingly unpopular to do so? Comment below!