1st Day Of School – Its Ok To Not Be Ok.

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1st Day Of School - Its Ok To Not Be Ok.

Today, my older two sons went off to their first day of kindergarten and 2nd grade. My wife went with them.  She came back from dropping them off, but a piece of her was missing. It was still with them at school. You see, our sons are both dealing with anxiety in different ways. My oldest son, internalizes it and lets a few tears drop, but he doesn't want to seem vulnerable. My second son just doesn't care. He tells you straight up he's not going, ahead of time. And then he makes you rip him from his car seat, and carry him in while crying those horizontal tears you see in the cartoons. This is the reason Gena didn't return in one piece. She couldn't fathom their suffering without suffering some herself. I commend my wife for taking on such a dreaded task, and seeing it through. 

Tomorrow, I get to take a stab at it. I'm one of those guys, where (for the most part) it's out of sight out of mind. So, pray for me between 7:50 am-8:00 am. That's when I'll endure whatever my boys throw my way with assertiveness. I'll do what it takes. After that, I should be ok. But, I have to remember to be more like her when I'm dealing with my children. Gentle, empathetic, and compassionate.  No matter how the boys leave my care, tears and all, they should feel loved. "Carry each others' burdens," takes on a whole new meaning when you watch a mother send her two sons off to the first day of school.

What's your back to school story?

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Ben is the youth minister husband of @CptFussybuckets and father of three awesome boys, ages 7, 5, and 2! He loves sports, music, and ministry and hanging out with his family.

Comments

  1. Ben — Kuddos to you Gena!   Keep caring!  and if you find that school is not providing what the kids need- homeschooling is always an option .  Groups  of families get together to provide socialization – the main criticism against it.  Hang in there! Blessings to you.  SLAZ

  2. sabina Edwards says:

    Even adults are scared or unconfortable about new things!!

  3. You're right SLaz and Sabina.  We have utilized homeschooling, and it worked well for big brother, when it was needed. I thank everyone for their prayers. THEY WORK! This morning was much better for both me and mommy, as both boys went into school with their heads held up. 

  4. Bobby Robinson says:

    You and Gena are both great parents, Ben!  Thank you for caring for our grandsons the way y'all do!  Love you!

    BR

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