Are you a hi-fi parent living in a wi-fi world? When it comes to social media do you feel overwhelmed and a bit lost? My grandma doesn't use a computer, never mind engaging in social media. She just knows that "you get on the box [...]
Sometimes we just need some good old fashioned family time. This week have a night where everyone is home, get a pizza and just hang out together. You can watch a movie. Play a board game. Just spend the night enjoying each other.
Leave a Bible and a journal on the coffee table. Each day read one Proverb and then rewrite it in your own words. Challenge your child to do the same, in the same journal, then they can see what you are writing and you can [...]
Three days this week write your student a small note that encourages them in a way to live for Jesus while at school. Tuck the note into a notebook or lunch. Make it a place where they can find it (but not be embarrassed).
At least five times this week stop, look your student in the eye and tell them that you love them. Then tell them something you love about them, that is NOT a physical attribute. For example: “I love the way that you really are a [...]
Make a 15 minute “date” with your student this week. Set aside 15 minutes just to do something with your student they like to do. Even better if it's something your student knows you don't particularly enjoy doing yourself!
Take your student (or students) out with the idea of finding out how they are doing. Let them pick their favorite place. Avoid asking “yes” or “no” questions. Instead ask questions that get them talking. Instead of, “How’s your friend?” ask “Tell me one thing [...]
This week, do something with your student that is a favorite activity. If not make them their favorite meal. Use this time to talk about all of your student's “favorites.” When is the last time you told each other your favorite song, food, movie, etc.
Sometimes it is hard to sit and “talk” face to face. Using a notebook spend five minutes every morning writing a short note to your student about why you love them and what you are proud of them for. Put the notebook in their room [...]
Stand in front of a mirror with your student for 30 seconds. (Longer may make them uncomfortable.) Tell them all the wonderful things you see staring back at you.