“Well, that’s the last of it,” my mom announced as she came bustling in with a monstrous box of books and closed the door against the sultry summer air. This was four years ago and we had just downsized from my beautiful childhood home to a tiny townhouse in time for me to start high school, the reason for our move. My new school was not only gorgeous, it was renowned for its superior academics – absolutely worthy of the change in our living conditions. It was my dream school and I was now to sign up for my dream classes.
My daughter has FOMO. Are you up on your acronyms? That’s the Fear Of Missing Out. I am the proud mother of a daughter who fears missing out on anything and everything. To make that even more challenging, until recently she was very shy. That makes knowing how to navigate parenting her nearly unknowable. It took some trial and error to know how to deal with the constant longing for things - whether material things, experiences, or relationships - that she didn’t have. We slogged through empathy, punishment, and ignoring her feelings, but finally learned to calm these crises with a focus on gratitude. I’m not going to pretend that this works all the time. After all, she’s only twelve. But our hope is that by practicing gratitude, our daughter can focus on what she does get to do, or have, allowing her to enjoy those experiences even more.
Easter is a special day, and not because of egg hunts or candy. This is the day we celebrate the greatest event in human history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Good Friday, many witnessed his gruesome torture and death. During the next 40 days, over 500 people saw Jesus after He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:6).
The Gospels recount when the women arrived at the tomb to find the stone rolled away. A brightly lit angel had scared away the Roman guards and then talked to the two Marys when they walked up.
I wasn’t prepared for this.
At least, I didn’t think so.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my kids! I mean, what parent doesn't? This house-bound time is precious. I sincerely am cherishing these irreplaceable, focused moments with them. I know I can do this. Goodness, I myself was homeschooled for seven years. As an adult, I am professionally trained to teach. I hold a California state credential. I TAUGHT MULTIPLE SUBJECTS IN A CLASSROOM FOR OVER 10 YEARS! This should be natural, right?
In the midst of government mandated school closures last week, Horizon Prep has transitioned all instruction to an online format. On Friday, March 13th students gathered their textbooks and necessary items in anticipation of the eventuality. Faculty convened on Monday, March 16th to make final preparations for the shift, and on Tuesday morning school resumed in their virtual classrooms.
What comes to mind when you hear the term “Mountain Top Experience"? Growing up in a non-Christian home, the mountains were always a place of beauty, serenity, and strength. While living in San Diego I spent many an afternoon in the Cuyamaca Mountains exploring Green Valley Falls, camping at Pasa Picacho, or summiting the peak of Stonewall. Reflecting back on those experiences, I now realize the lasting effect nature had on who I am as a man today.
A couple of times while Christmas shopping for my kids I’ve found myself holding something and thinking, “How long will this last?”
You see, each year my wife will hold an annual household ‘purge’ as we go through toys, clothes, and other things that are broken, outgrown, or long neglected, but for the most part were once brand new Christmas gifts.
Now I’m not ‘scrooging' out on Christmas, but it does bring to mind the one Gift we’ve all been given that never gets old.
In Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the autumn of 1621, 53 men, women and children celebrated their first harvest in the New World. The great Indian chief, Massasoit, brought 90 of his men to the three-day party. From all reports, a good time was had by all.
How did this event, which happened almost 400 years ago, become a part of the American story and our oldest national tradition?
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.