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.