Just hearing the term Benchwarmer may conjure up some unhappy memories for many. Maybe some of us have felt the frustration being a ‘reserve’ or bemoaned the thought of ‘riding the pine’ for another game. Being left-out is no fun, but the experience seems to be harder when it happens to your own child. Here’s some helpful insight we can pass on to our young athletes to help them to score even when they're on bench.
“When am I ever going to use this in real life?” Have you heard your children or someone else ask that question in regards to a math concept before? Unlike reading, writing, or PE, math is harder for children to recognize in day to day activities. Math is always there, whether they are counting the minutes until recess, the days until Christmas, or bargaining over how many pieces of broccoli they have to eat for dinner, children use math constantly though they may not realize it. Here are some fun and practical ways to sneak in some extra math practice in the everyday.
Our natural inclination as human beings is to be constantly thinking of how to meet our own needs. We become hungry and so we find food as fast as possible. We see something that we want and so we work out a way to buy it. We don’t want to miss our favorite TV shows so we record them and become upset if they are deleted. The culture of self is one we are all very familiar with. Children naturally follow in these footsteps not only because of their sin nature, but because often it is what is modeled to them. None of us are perfect parents or teachers, but nevertheless, it is our responsibility to model and teach our children what it is to serve others. Here are a few ways to help teach our children how to live a life that thinks of others first and how it changes everything.
For most students summertime means a break in the schedule, time off from academics, and enjoying a boatload of free time. Students work hard for ten months a year and they have good reason to look on the summer months with expectation and delight. Most teachers enjoy the summer time just as much their students! The words ‘summer school’ can seem like the kiss of death to any child, but there are a lot of really great benefits in signing up for classes over the summer break. It definitely doesn’t have to be a bummer and here’s why:
Your child is headed off to college. Parents, congratulations for a job well done. You have invested 18 years to ‘train this child in the way he/she should go’. Now what do you do? As your heart prepares to walk out the door, here are some tips that may help with the transition:
Every child is different, of course, but many of us have had a child (or were the child) that did everything well. Whether it was God-given talent and ability or a lot of hard work, or both, these kids are accustomed to success. These kids make the teams, win the awards, and get the A’s. Lots of A’s. Unfortunately, these are often the kids who are most shaken when things don’t go their way - when they get that first B.
While we as parents may not want to celebrate the B with our child, we can definitely take the opportunity to help our child learn a few important lessons through their 'B'.
The most important expression of kindness is the Lord’s willingness to forgive us of our sin by providing salvation through his Son. Paul wrote, “in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:7-8).
Kids hate it, adults love it, and we all need it. Sleep is a major player when it comes to the health of our bodies and brains, and it can affect us in very positive or negative ways. Within the last few decades, there have been several studies that have shown that during sleep the neural connections in our brains are strengthened and replenished, resulting in improved memory and clearer thought processes. This has thoroughly debunked the common thought that pulling an ‘all-nighter’ to study before an exam is a good thing to do.
Making sure our kids are getting the rest they need can be challenging in our busy lives. Yet our little ones need ample rest to perform well in school as and all their extracurricular activities. Prolonged lack of sleep can manifest itself in a number of negative ways in children including hyperactivity, poor academic performance, difficulty falling asleep or waking in the morning, behavioral issues, and more.
Let’s look at a few ways we can ensure our kids are spending enough time with good ‘ol Mr. Sandman.
As parents, we know our kids may not get accepted to every school they apply, but upon receiving a letter of rejection, that reality is the last thing college bound students wish to hear. It’s essential that our college hopefuls recognize the lessons this process provides, not only in decision making, but in surviving the setbacks of life. This highlights the importance of having a plan in place that includes a number of choices and options. Here are some tips for parents in helping our kids to prepare for and cope with unwanted rejection:
Every parent with children in school knows that packing healthy lunches for every child, every day is definitely a challenge. The morning rush may have you grabbing for the nearest pre-packaged convenient lunch to throw in your child’s backpack, or maybe it’s the exhaustion as you get home from work late in the evening that makes it easy to say, “You’ll just buy tomorrow.” Both of these scenarios happen to everyone at some point, but making them the normal standard can create a lack of proper nutrition for the ever-developing bodies and brains of our kids. Here are a few practical tips to help ensure your little learners are fueling up with food that will help them perform their best.