There is indeed a need for balance in our busy lives, but there is an importance to the ingredients that fill our family's time and devotion. This leads us to examine our lives and the things that vie for our attention to decide what is most important or beneficial. In light of these attempts to prioritize our schedules, here are 3 key ingredients proven to result in a ‘Big Win’ for our family’s future - what I call the church, home, and school Trifecta.
From the moment children are born, parents naturally want to see them succeed at everything in life. As parents, we have a special and unique role to play in our childrens' lives as they navigate through the different challenges, successes, and failures that they will inevitably face. Academics, athletics, and social scenarios will all create opportunities for children to learn from and grow through. Finding the balance between being a supportive spectator and challenging them to reach outside of their comfort zone can be difficult at best.
If your son or daughter has expressed interest in trying out for the school play, here are a few tips to help you both thrive (and survive) from the audition to the final bow.
Accepted common wisdom says, “it is better to give than to receive,” but actually, Jesus said that, and He called it blessed (Acts 20:35). But did you know that there is empirical evidence supporting why giving feels good and positively affects our health?
The rigors and responsibilities of student life can take their toll on our kids. Sometimes, especially when teenagers are involved, those overwhelming emotions can roll over onto the rest of the family as well! Between applying themselves to academics, participating in athletics, serving in student leadership, and attending social activities, the balance of it all can feel like it’s resting on a very fine point, ready to tip at any moment.
To ensure that you and your family maintain a healthy life balance, here are a few key points to remember as you help your student-athletes navigate through another year of academics and athletics.
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.
For some, being on time comes rather easy, but adding children into the equation can challenge even the most punctual parent. This seems most apparent in the daily gauntlet of getting out of the door and to school before the bell rings (breakfast not included). Here are some hints to help us minimize the last minute delays that may keep us from the benefits of being on time.
“Mom, that’s not due until next week!”
“I’ll have plenty of time to work on that later.”
“Our teacher said the essay is due at the end of the quarter.”
“Do I have to work on that now? No one else is!”
“I’m so tired! Can I please wait until tomorrow?”
Have you heard anything like this from your children before? If so, then congratulations because your family is completely normal! Procrastination is the default setting for most people’s way of thinking and way of life, however, it’s not typically the best way to accomplish goals or achieve great things. Like most life skills children will mimic what they observe, and so the task of teaching our children about procrastination and its downfalls rests upon our shoulders as parents. Here are a few ways to help teach children to steer clear of procrastination and instead teach the art of accomplishment.