Teaching Our Children to Live a Life of Service

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 15, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Serving, Teaching our Children to Serve

The Benefits of Summer School

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 10, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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:

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Topics: Summer, Summer School

My Heart Just Walked Out the Door: Preparing Your Child for the College Transition

Posted by Andrea Needham on May 4, 2018 4:00:00 PM

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:

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Topics: Parenting, College, Preparation

The Blessing of a 'B': Teaching our Kids the Value of Perspective

Posted by Susan Ferrari on Apr 30, 2018 4:30:00 PM

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'.

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Topics: Parenting, Helpful Tips

Why Kindness Matters

Posted by Dr. Erik Konsmo on Feb 6, 2018 12:54:15 PM

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).

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Topics: Kindness, Encouragement, Godly Character

Healthy Sleeping Habits: The Benefits of a Well Rested Child

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jan 23, 2018 3:30:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Healthy Habits, Sleep Habits

When Your Child Doesn’t Get Accepted to Their Number One College

Posted by Andrea Needham on Jan 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM

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:

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Topics: College, college acceptance

Healthy Lunch Time Eats for Kids

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 19, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Healthy, Lunch Time

Presents VS Presence: Making the Most of Your Christmas Season

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 7, 2017 4:30:00 PM

The Christmas season is a very special one. No matter your background or belief system, most people enjoy the twinkling lights, special songs, yummy foods, time spent with family and friends, and of course, presents. There are so many extra fun events, school activities, and holiday parties to attend, and it seems as though the month of December is over before we know. Maybe after it’s all over you look back and think, “What did we really do?,’ or ‘ Where’d the time go?’ People always talk about making room for the important things, like time spent with family and friends, or serving those who may need a little extra help, but how often do we put those good intentions into action? Here are a few practical ways to stay focused on the true reason for the season.

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Topics: Christmas

Kids Rock: The Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument

Posted by Maggie McMahon on Nov 14, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Most people love listening to music and find great enjoyment and even relaxation from different genres of music.  In the age of the internet there really is no limit to the types of instruments and musical stylings available for someone to enjoy. As wonderful as it is to watch a live concert or sing along with a favorite song, music can also be a great teacher in our lives. Learning to play an instrument can not only have a wonderfully positive impact in someone’s personal life, but the effects of making music can reach far into the lives of others as they partake in the listening.

Here are some points that come to mind about the importance of learning an instrument, but also being in a musical ensemble:

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Topics: Learning a Musical Instrument