Back to School!

7 08 2013

Back to School Road Sign

It’s finally arrived….BACK TO SCHOOL!!  This time of year brings a variety of emotions for both parents and children.  Seasoned parents have calmly mastered the routines of organizing backpacks,lunches and homework while parents of kindergarteners are still a bit emotional as they send their “baby” to school.  It is an exciting, emotional and busy time.   So, this month’s blog is devoted to helping you stay on track, spiritually and practically.

 

Easing Your Child’s Fears and Anxieties

Whether it’s the first day of school or the first time in Sunday School, children face anxious moments.   New teachers, routines, friends, and studies.   Helping children understand  and believe what the Bible teaches about anxiety (Matt. 6:34; 1 Peter 5:7)  takes time and it takes you.  Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • Show respect for your child’s feelings and provide a safe environment for conversation.
  • Help your child identify their feelings.  Just naming an emotion can bring relief.
  • Identify underlying reasons for fear and provide children with an understanding about who God is.
  • Model trust in God.  Share about how you cope with anxiety.

 

Time For God, Time For Family

This is a great time of the year to re-establish family priorities and renew your vision of worship.  Your family life doesn’t have to be a whirlwind of evening and weekend activities that move you away from God.  Remember, you are privileged with a great responsibility (Deut. 6:1-8).   This is an opportunity for your family to shine Christ’s light into the world.

Click on the link below to read an article, “Are You A Part-Time Churchgoer?”, describing  a struggle many families face.  It offers interesting insight about our practice of  worship.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2013/08/06/are-you-a-part-time-churchgoer-you-may-be-surprised/

As you think about your child’s future….what college they will attend, what they will be when they grow up, who they will marry…have a vision and  a prayer for your child, that they will come to Christ and grow strong in the faith.  For this to happen, they will need you.

 

Be blessed!





Summertime!

2 07 2013

It’s officially summertime and the heat is on…at least here in Phoenix.  This is the time we slow down to enjoy our family and friends and do all the fun things we promised ourselves during the year.   So, how’s it going?  Have you taken time to do that “something” or go to that “somewhere”  you promised yourself and your family?  Have you slowed down to spend time together with your family?

I think as parents we sometimes think together means running the roads; overpriced summer attractions; bigger, better, brighter.  Those things are wonderful but they aren’t the only way to find quality time with your kids.

Listening to each other, learning something new, explaining, asking your child’s opinion….voices aren’t raised, tempers aren’t flared.  Just enjoying being together.  

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As I’ve learned from my son and daughter, the memories that stick in their heads aren’t always the ones with the most $$$ signs.  Memories that stick are rooted in together.  As I write this blog, my adult children are at opposite ends of the country. One is in New York and the other in San Francisco.  They’ll both be home in a few days with stories and pictures of their summer adventures and I will eagerly listen and love that we are together.

Side by side.

Give and take.

Patience and time.

Just together.

So maybe for you, together is cleaning out a closet, helping with dinner or pulling all the blankets out and building a fort in the living room. Whatever it looks like at your house, cherish it!  You have a lot of summertime, together-hungry hours ready for you to fill!

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Thank you Lord for together!