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For many parents, one of the most difficult decisions they face is where to send their child to school. This decision is wrestled with, prayed over, talked about and ultimately decided at an earlier age of the child than ever before. There are many considerations including cost, academic offerings, and location, to name a few. As the options are weighed, families may choose to explore the benefits of sending their children to private Christian schools.
We live in a connected world that is much different than the way kids grew up in the past. Many parents remember going off for a sleep-away summer camp, making friends, and having to keep in touch via pen and paper. Parents were easily able to keep up with who their children were interacting with. These days, it’s far more difficult to keep up with the latest apps and services that kids are using to communicate. Here’s a short list of apps and services that parents of children, ages 10 to 20, should be aware of.
If you are anything like me, you love to praise your children and take opportunities to raise their self-esteem, especially during difficult struggles. But is your default compliment, “You’re so smart,” actually hurting more than helping?
You see and hear this everywhere you turn, but I have to say it once more. It is SO very important for you to be reading with your child every day or nearly every day. The hard part is making it fun. Here are a few suggestions for making reading a better experience, for both you and him.
We live in an age in which technology surrounds us. The most successful company in the United States today is a technology company. Children today need to understand more than just how to use this technology. As our boys enter the workplace of 2015 and beyond, they need to understand how it is created. The best way to get this understanding is to have some knowledge of coding.
Board games have changed a lot in the last 50 years. They are so much more than the Monopoly and Sorry games you might remember. And the past few years have seen a resurgence in the complexity of strategy, gameplay, and themes in boardgames. New game designers are popping up every day, building even more intricate and intellectual games.
These games provide learning opportunities for kids in a number of different areas. In addition to simple things like learning to take turns and learning to be a good winner or loser, many of these games have complex strategies and rule systems.
Ten years ago, the standard advice was move the family computer into the dining room or the kitchen so you could keep up with what your child was doing online. Keeping up with internet usage in the mobile device era is far more complicated.
If your child has access to a game console, handheld gaming device, mobile phone, or tablet that does not have parental controls or some sort of content filtering applied to it, he has access to adult content. Each of these devices is an internet-connected computer, capable of accessing the same content a laptop or desktop computer can access.
Responsibility! EEK! That is a word that scares children, but parents love it! As parents, one of our greatest goals is to guide our children to be successful, hard-working, and persistent members of society. By teaching responsibility at a young age, we can set our children up to achieve all of these goals. But how do we teach responsibility to our children and what is the appropriate age?
It’s always tough for kids to be away from their parents for long stretches of time. Handling separation anxiety does not have to be a big ordeal; however, if you are battling with your own separation anxiety as a parent, you won’t be in a place to best help your son. Before reading this article, we recommend starting with Separation Anxiety - Part 1: For Parents. While it may seem ridiculous to think that you could be suffering from separation anxiety, chances are you’ll come to find that this article will help you in adjusting to your son starting school.
The first day of school is fast approaching. All the requirements for enrollment are submitted, and the school supplies and backpacks are stowed in the closet. The child’s study desk is set up and ready for use. You’ve focused on how to best help your son get organized and now the stressful days leading up to the first day of school are behind you.