Back to School Overwhelm? You Need These 5 Important Truths

Are you in full back to school preparations? Or maybe you’ve started school already (gasp!)?

Or perhaps you’re like me and still (quite happily) living with your head in the summer sand, ignoring the inevitable back to school madness for as long as you can?

No matter where you’re at, there seems to be a universal sentiment all moms share this time of year:

“I’m not at all ready for the school year to start.”  

Back to school brings change. More structure. A return to hard challenges that maybe we’ve been able to partially escape during these long summer days.

And even in the best situations, all that change means a heck of a lot of stress for mama.

Stress that makes us want to go back to enjoying our pool and popsicle days, thank you.

Yes, there’s stress from all the planning and organizing. But I believe that (if we are totally honest with ourselves) the real reason that this time of year is so stressful is because we’re all wondering:

How in the world am I going to do this again?

Are you stressed and frustrated about all the back to school chaos? All the pressure to have a perfect year with your kids? If so, you've got to read these truths! You DON'T have to be overwhelmed by back to school!

 

You know what I mean: The planning. The schedule organizing. All that driving. The hours spent explaining a concept (sometimes over and over) to a child.

Yes, that.

We want to believe the lie that “this year will be different,” and that “if I only did XYZ then life would be perfect.”

Even if we try our best to prepare for the back to school onslaught, the reality is that life never ever ends up as we exactly how we thought it would. We wake up mid-October realizing that, despite our best efforts, someone gave us the same kids to parent and many of last year’s issues have come back in full force.

And that’s enough to drive a Type-A mom like me pretty darn crazy (can you relate?!).

How can we face the new school year triumphantly as moms who are:

…excited and enthusiastic about another year’s worth of learning?

and

…ready to make the changes we need to, but also open enough to accept what may not change?

I want to share with you 5 truths that I tell myself this time of year. 

Friend, I’m a regular mom just like you and I know these truths will help you find the peace and clarity you need right now (because they help me with that too)!

Yes, you can let go of the angst and apprehension of back to school!

You can courageously face another school year with confidence, ready for anything that comes your way.

This back to school (and all year long) you can have the peace we’re all so desperate for.

Click “next” to see these 5 incredible truths that will empower you to have the best school year yet!

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Kristy as Giftie Etcetera - August 11, 2015 Reply

I don’t homeschool, but this was still good advice for me. I always mess something up. Send a forbidden lunch or forget a deadline! I need to relax. It’s normal, right?

    Alicia Michelle - August 11, 2015 Reply

    Kristy,

    Yes, we ALL “mess something up” as you said! I’m trying to set my goals high for what I want to do, but I’m still trying to live in the reality of the fact that I absolutely won’t do it perfectly… and THAT’S OK! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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angie - August 10, 2016 Reply

the summer goes so fast I dont think any of us are ever ready for it to end and to head back to school None the less here we are standing at the door and many of us will head back very soon
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Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories - August 11, 2016 Reply

I can imagine I would be very overwhelmed with homeschooling. I’m overwhelmed already knowing activities start next week and school the week after that. Lots to do. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup last week. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

Rebecca - August 12, 2016 Reply

I dread back to school days! But I’m hoping I’m not going to stress about it when the time comes to send them to school! #FridayFrivolity

Ginger Harrington - August 12, 2016 Reply

I remember this feeling so well. This year is the first year our kids are not going back to school under our roof. Instead, we’ll be taking our youngest to college in a few days. My overwhelm go the other direction–what will it be like without her home. Have a great school year!

    Alicia Michelle - August 15, 2016 Reply

    Oh my goodness, yes… that’s a whole different (but equally viable!) kind of overwhelm! Thanks for sharing!

Jen - August 13, 2016 Reply

I definitely relate to this! And on top of the back-to-school schedule change, my husband moved to second shift. Let’s just say this mama has been a little crazy this week. 🙂 I’ve been struggling with Truth number 5 and realized how much I was believing some of the enemy’s lies this week. Thanks for sharing this encouragement over at Grace and Truth!
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    Alicia Michelle - August 15, 2016 Reply

    Hi Jen! Yes, it’s a tough transition for sure. We have had some schedule changes around our house too and I have really been trying to ease myself back onto a “normal” school routine. We don’t officially start until the end of the month, but I’m slowly trying to add that “school rhythm” back into our days. Thank you for sharing your story too!

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