The beginning of each new school year brings us changes. The kids may try to develop new learning strategies, habits, and goals; establish new relationships with classmates and teachers; wait for the challenges of new curriculum content and learning activities. These challenges often require the kids to change their learning habits and how they perceive themselves. As the kids’ most trustworthy companions, parents often focus too much on their child’s challenges but ignore that we are growing too. The kids’ excitement and stress may accumulate simultaneously with the approaching of the first day of schooling. I encourage parents to review our moods day by day to see if our unconscious anxiety has created unnecessary tension within the family. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.-John14:27.” As you prepare the new page of schooling, please remember that the Lord is always with you, guiding you and giving you peace. When you feel stressed, focus on the Lord’s promises. I will pray for the growth of each ‘Henriettan’ at the beginning of my every working day.