Back to School Overwhelm? You Need These 5 Important Truths


The Whole Truth (and Nothing But the Truth)

First, let’s get something clear: This school year, you will fail in some way, shape, or other (and so will I). 

We will mess up. Our kids will mess up. And our school year won’t turn out like we expected.

I’m not saying this to trouble you, or to add more weight to your load.

I just believe that we must be completely honest with ourselves here before we go any further.

This is reality… but I want you to know that you’re not alone in facing it.

I will be going through it. And millions of other moms around the world will be going through it too.

But most importantly, Someone else wants to go through it with you: God. 

Does God care about moms and back to school stress? Absolutely. He cares about all the other parts of our lives too. 

In fact, the author of truth, the creator of all things, and the one who holds all things together wants to remind us that we were never meant to carry any of our burdens alone (1 Peter 5:7).

Here are the 5 truths I remind myself during the stress of back to school, and any day when I feel less than able to handle this ever-changing, ultra chaotic mom life.

Read these as if God Himself is speaking to you (because, friend, He is).

Truth #1: You don’t have to do it on your own.

I am the great “I AM” and I want to walk with you through your everyday situations.

  • I will be with you on the days when you don’t know what to say to that child that won’t sit still.
  • I can give you a calm spirit when dealing with kids who insist on fighting non-stop.
  • If you choose to homeschool, I’ll give you inspired teaching ideas when the teacher’s guide isn’t cutting it.
  • I’ll remind you that even in the endless shuttling of kids and piles and piles of laundry, you have great value and purpose.
  • I’ll give you endless patience when you are tired, exhausted and just want to quit.

I’ll be here through it all. Call out in prayer to me, and then tune your ears to hear my answer.

I promise I won’t leave you alone in this!

Truth #2: You don’t have to have it all figured out now. 

I’ve provided enough grace and power for you to get through each moment one at a time.

I’m not asking you to go two months, two days or even two hours into the future. Rest with me here and trust. Believe that I will show you what to do each day, step by step. 

It takes trust and a dependence on me, which I know is not always easy.

But each time you give up a little of that control to me–releasing your grip on how things “must be done”–you’ll find yourself relaxing and trusting me more. 

When you are confused or overwhelmed, pray to me and ask for wisdom for this moment. Trust that we can get through this together. 

Truth #3: You don’t have to make it all happen. 

Whether you choose to homeschool or your kids attend a traditional school, you still are your child’s teacher.

Your kids are looking to you for guidance and wisdom, especially as they transition through the sometimes rocky years of adolescence. They need your words of encouragement. They need to understand both boundaries and grace.

You know this, and I know that you desperately want to help them through these transitions because you are a good mom and you love your kids deeply.

Sweet daughter, I am a good father too and I want to not only help them as they grow, I promise to equip you to help them.

Here’s the key: You don’t need to plan for those priceless teaching moments. Cry out to me with your concerns and fears for your children. Keep your heart soft and open as you trust me with these very important matters.

My daughter, just be faithful and be available. Keep your eyes open. And let me take care of the rest.

Truth #4: You will fail, even when you give your best.

Expect the mistakes to come. Be ready for them and try not to be surprised by them.

I am able to work more perfectly within those “mistakes” because that is when my spirit can shine through you to show redemption. (2 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10)

Yes, give it your all, my daughter.

But please, please remember this: I don’t expect you to do this job perfectly, so you shouldn’t either.

When the mistakes come, see them as an opportunity for me to shine and for you to grow. 

Your journey as a mom doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.

and lastly…

Truth #5: When you fail, remember that your failures don’t define who you are.

Nothing can change the way I feel about you and your kids.

Nothing you do can take you or them from my grasp. Nothing! (Romans 8:31-38).

Your value to me is greater than anything! You are so important to me that I proved my love for you by giving up my life for you.

I formed you, I made you, and I placed you in this exact place in time (and determined that you were the perfect mom for your kids) (Psalm 139).

I am bigger than your failures, and in my own incomprehensible way, I can use those failures to bring a beauty greater than you could have ever expected.

On the toughest days when you’re tired, exhausted and don’t want to go on, let me remind you that my love never gives up and will never run out on you. Nothing that you will encounter this year can change my love for you.

I will forever be here, fighting for you!

Mom, Get the Encouragement You Need (Everyday!)

I pray those truths from God are helpful to you!

God wants to encourage you in every area of your life–not just during times of stress!

I’d love to share with you more about how a living, active relationship with God can change everything. I know this to be true because 22 years ago my life was radically changed when I chose to begin a relationship with Christ! You can read my story here.

Here are other posts that talk about how to develop this type of relationship with God for yourself:

5 Steps Toward Real Spiritual Growth

23 Tips for the Powerful Prayer Life You Want

5 Step Method to Study the Bible (this is aimed for kids, but I use this method too!)

18 Bible Verses About Joy

A Love Letter from God During Difficult Times

Believe It: Why YOU Are God’s Masterpiece



Other Posts to Encourage You During Back to School:

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Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Planning

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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!


About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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