A new season is upon us, and while it is still summertime, tomorrow, my boys go back to school. It’s a big year in our house. First year of high school for Christopher, last year of elementary school for Logan, and Evan is just in the middle of middle school, typical of the middle child I suppose. All of this had me thinking, what are my hopes and dreams for my kids? What do I wish for their school year? So, I put together a back-to-school wish list of sorts. For them, it is all the advice I could think of to start this big year, for me it is a list of prayers to bring to God as I pray my boys through this school year. Feel free to copy or share if any of this resonates with you for your kids or kids in your life. Have a great school year!

1- Work hard.

2- Have fun.

3- Be a good friend not only to your friends but to all of your classmates.

4- Have good character- trustworthy, loyal, faithful, and honest.

5- Stand out and be bold.

6- Be yourself- quirks and all.

7- Don’t try to fit in and be something you’re not.

8- Stand strong against peer pressure.

9- True friends will never ask/make you do something you don’t want to do.

10- Nobody can make you do anything.

11- Don’t sacrifice your character or your morals for anyone.

12- Don’t be afraid to try new things.

13- Don’t be afraid to make new friends.

14- Know your worth.

15- Know who you are.

16- Recognize your flaws and work to make positive changes.

17- Don’t let people treat you badly or push you around.

18- Treat others how you want to be treated.

19- Learn empathy.

20- Your family is your #1. We are always here for you no matter what and your brothers are your built in best friends for life.

21- Don’t be afraid or ashamed of being smart.

22- Have good priorities and work on using your time well.

23- Social media and youtube are time sucks. Be careful.

24- If someone likes you, it doesn’t mean you have to like them back or date them.

25- Do things you love even if your friends don’t do them.

26- Learn from your mistakes.

27- Be kind and compassionate.

28- Jesus loves you and gave his life for you. Get to know him. Make your faith your own.