Heading back to school can be an exciting time for kids. They want the coolest backpack and the latest gear to start the year off right. For our family and many of our friend's families, that also means preparing our children for social interaction. This can mean making new friends, remembering to share and lend a hand, being comfortable with being U-Neek, and being a positive influence. As a Christian family, it also means preparing our children for the different world views of their classmates (especially if they are headed to public school) and equipping them to share and defend their faith. It can be really hard for kids to talk about these things, because they know they will find judgement, assumptions, and stereotypes as stumbling blocks. One easy way they can show who they are is by stocking those cool new backpacks with DaySpring back to school products such as notebooks, binders, and maybe even a cuddly buddy to help break the ice.
DaySpring has gear for girls and boys headed back to school like notebooks and binders in fun prints and designs that include "text speak" like "Jesus is my BFF" and "I Heart Jesus." DaySpring also has a line of U-Neek cuddly friends that can accompany a nervous young one back to school and remind them that it is ok to be themselves. We received Alliebird, a cute little hoot owl, which I am sure will be a new favorite friend for my preschooler. (Coincidental that Allie is a name we are considering for our next child? I like to think that's God's way of giving me something to smile about today!). We also received encouragement cards with clever sayings to match the cute creatures on the cards. We plan to share some of this great stuff with our friend's kids that are headed to school, perhaps for the first time, because we know that is a way we can show encouragement and love to our friends.
I am excited to fill these binders with early learning activity sheets, both of general and biblical knowledge, and know that they will one day accompany him to school, even if that may just be at the kitchen table of our future home-school. Who knows, we may spend many school days at area parks where others may get to see that "I Heart Jesus" notebook. You never know where you might plant a seed for God to water. I encourage you, fellow Christian, to visit DaySpring and support Christian businesses by purchasing their school supplies for your kids.
*Please note, I was not compensated for this post. I did however receive sample products. All opinions are 100% my own.