Sports are exciting, engaging, and entertaining. Most athletes spend hours training, practicing, and honing their skills so they can perform to the best of their ability. And it’s no secret that watching a live team sport event can bring out the competitive nature in even the most passive of people. This is especially true when it comes to parents watching their children play on their school sports teams.
At the beginning of this past school year at Horizon Prep, Bob Goff joined us at our opening school assembly. As always, he was funny, engaging, and shared a great encouragement to the students about loving one another. Over the summer, the staff is reading his book, Everybody Always. Sure, it is not about classical educational philosophy, but challenges readers to love others to the point of it being uncomfortable.
In southern Namibia, there rests a ghost town named Kolmanskop. In 1908, a German company was building a railroad through the region when a worker discovered diamonds spread along the ground, which could be seen with even in the moonlight. Prospectors quickly flocked to the area. What's amazing is for the first several years, diamonds were being picked up off the desert floor! By 1912 an entire town had sprung up in the middle of the desert with a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, casino, theater and more. But when the easily picked diamonds were gone, and mining became more difficult, the population moved on to other diamond finds on the African continent.
My family spends many hours in the car during the summer, just like many of you - heading to soccer or basketball tournaments, visiting the grandparents in Palm Desert, or simply a quick trip to the beach. I love these times because the kids are in the car and we have (or can get) their undivided attention, and we take advantage. One of our rules is that each person only gets to be on their phones about half the time, and the phones are put away completely for short trips.
Sometimes when we begin something, the excitement and newness of it all can carry us quite far, but towards the end, things can get tough. For our kids, the school year can feel much the same. Here are some encouraging tips for us as parents on how we can teach and encourage our children the challenges and the rewards of finishing well.
The manger scene is one of the most iconic scenes in the world. It is easily recognizable to people of almost every nation, tribe, and tongue, and though it is a subtle picture, it loudly speaks one word to all who behold it: Christmas. Whether your nativity set is life-sized or miniature, brand new or passed down, let’s take a moment to pause and consider this well known Christmas scene.
We’ve all been there. You are rushing through the dinner making process or the after school activities and you hear your child speak those dreaded words, “I still have homework to do!” Or maybe you have watched your child work for hours on their homework, only to be left frustrated and exhausted come bedtime. With our children already attending close to seven hours of school a day, it’s no wonder why homework may be viewed with such contempt. Because our dog can only eat so much homework, here are some practical and reassuring reasons why homework is beneficial and important for every child.
As the holiday season approaches, do you find that looking at your calendar brings a sense of anxiety as you focus on the many to-do’s and get togethers that accompany this time of year? Unfortunately familiarity with the holidays has the potential to breed a lack of appreciation for what they truly stand for. As busy as this full and festive season can become, let’s look at a few ways we can change our mindsets into ones of appreciation and thankfulness this time of year.