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Who is Labeling Our Kids?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

School is back in session and even if the majority of learning takes place at home—our kids are subject to new influences and influencers on a daily basis. We do our best to make sure those who come in contact with our kids have a positive effect, but we can’t always be there to protect them. One of the most difficult things for me as a parent is when someone else applies a label to my child. Labels are powerful things—for good and for evil. I used to only think of labels in the context of manufactured goods. I read labels on food, medicine, and even appliances. These labels provide important information that help me make wise decisions. There are only two entities that have the right to apply labels to these goods—the one who manufactured them, and the...

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Handling the Homework Horrors

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As the air turns cooler and school bells signal the start of a new year, parents around the nation are gearing up to help their children complete homework. There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than watching a child struggle under a heavy load of work or looking at your 4th grader and admitting that you can’t do this type of math either. The homework horrors hit the best of us. But, if you’re already living in agony about the homework that you’ve found crumpled in the bottom of this year’s Superman backpack, then take a deep breath, grab a glass of sweet tea, and remember that there is hope. As a former teacher, I’m often asked, “So, what’s a parent to do when everybody is stumped by the math problems at hand, or when it’s 11:00 p.m. and you’ve...

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Fathering and Child Sponsorship

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

For a number of years, our family has sponsored a child from Haiti. There are numerous reasons we have chosen to do so, and many of them come from my desire to be a good father. What specifically has sponsorship taught me (and my children)? I’m privileged to have been born in a country that has so much, and yet there are so many countries that have so little. It’s easy for me to part with a small portion of my overflowing bounty to help these who have so little. This is a good example for my children to see. We tried to sponsor a child near the age of our children. We rightly assumed this would help our children relate. As a coincidence, our little Hattian boy had the same name as one of our boys. That tightened...

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Thirty days hath September; Make family memories you’ll always remember!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 4 comments

September drops hints of an impending new season. With autumn around the corner, many leaves begin to lose their lush green colors and the slight coolness in the air promises shades of gold and tangerine and crimson in the near future. Use all thirty days of September to create final summer memories, according to the calendar, and fresh fall ones, post-autumnal equinox. Make every day a holiday this month with the ones you love! Try a few of these zany, but actual, celebrations and create some of your own unique family ones, too. National Wildlife Day – God’s creations are magnificent and offer exquisite beauty and fascination, along with occasional fear and trepidation. Take the family on a long nature walk in the woods, on a hiking trail, in a state park, or on a country dirt road. Use...

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Ensuring Your Child’s School Safety

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Summer vacation is a great time to let the hair down and relax in the joy of families and friends coming together for fun in the sun. But when June, July, and August vacations yield to the first day of school, reality sets in and parents are forced to realize that their children will spend more time in school than with them, meaning they relinquish some control. As moms and dads put kids back on the school bus at 7 a.m. or drop them off at the front door of the schoolhouse, there can be an overwhelming rush of fear. In light of the media’s sensationalized reporting of episodes of school violence, including school shootings, many parents sit in their cars asking, “Is it safe to send our children to school? Does the local school even know how to...

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Bless the Teachers

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

Open House just ended. Your child’s teacher is wiped out and sprawled on her sofa after meeting a bazillion parents and students—who think she will remember each of you and all the information on those sheets you placed in her hands. She was already tired from preparing each little detail to beautify the classroom your child will inhabit. Compilation of curriculum, handouts, materials, and gathering of supplies—many of them paid for with her own money—is done. Lesson plans are thoughtfully made, probably worked on over the summer while you hung out at the pool. She’s exhausted tonight, but also has that exhilarating excitement building that will keep her from sleeping well before the first day of class. She gets up extra early, ready to be there with a sunshiny attitude to greet your student each morning. She often stays...

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