“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27
Dear Insecure Child,
I was you…..sometimes I am you. All those thoughts in your head – forget them. They aren’t true. You are beautiful. You are created in God’s image. God painted a self portrait when he made you. When you see yourself in the mirror, you should see a gorgeous creation of God. Easier said than done – I know. When the words of hatred pierce your heart, let them roll off your back. Though your face may have pimples, and you think you’re overweight, reflect on this verse. It may seem hard now, but you’ll brave the storm. You are a perfectly made imperfect(sinner) daughter/son of God.
P.S. The best people to talk to about these insecurities are moms and dads.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” -1 John 3:17
This Bible verse, to me, means that if someone has a skill and doesn’t share it with someone who needs it, then how does God’s love shine in him? A great example of this is school. More specifically – math.
I used to love math! I mean LOVE math! And then I hit…algebra. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but with the help of my mom, I made it through. You, too, can help your child with their math struggles. Follow these simple tips to get started:
Relate – Instead of just laying out math rules and problems, relate the equation to something in real life. Many kids think math is literally to ruin your life at school. It’s not! Math is everywhere in life! Show your kids examples and ask them how they can relate it to their lives personally.
Ask Questions – If your child understands the subject, don’t be too pushy. BUT, ask questions about their knowledge. Give them some challenging problems on concepts they have learned.
Work Through It – If your child is struggling with a concept, don’t get upset. Use kind tones and try to explain the concept in a different way. Help your child – don’t show that you don’t trust them! Don’t do everything for them! Be patient and give them some space. If they ask for help….help them, but don’t linger over their shoulder telling them when they do something wrong!
Check It – Review your child’s homework! Circle the ones they got wrong and work it out with them. The point of this is to make sure your child understands the concepts.
Study – Take a little time out of every day (10 minutes) to review math. Go through some flash cards or make a little mini quiz. Don’t make a big deal out of it, but have some fun with it!
Your child should not dread math! Enjoy it and have fun learning!
Yes, it’s that time again….time for your child’s science fair! Some of you may be excited, but if you’re me, you may not be too thrilled. Well, instead of anger and tears, let’s replace it with patience and kindness. So, I put together some things to keep Science Fair under control.
Keep a Schedule – Hopefully, your child’s teacher gave you a list at the beginning of the year of when all your child’s science fair papers and boards are due. Make sure your child is not putting off science fair. Help them review what is due and when. Be kind and not too pushy. Let them feel responsible by asking them things like, When do you plan on starting this section of your report? or How about you do 5 sentences per day?
Be Creative – Yes, when I did science fair I like to take the easy way out. I’d pick the easy experiment that I found that everyone’s done already. But, it’s actually better to make your child design an experiment. This doesn’t have to be forced. Your child should pick something that they are interested or ask them questions about things in nature, etc.
Take That Break – If you’re working with your child and the tension is rising, it’s time to take a break. Stop the action before it erupts into a big episode. Be kind, you were once a kid, too.
Make An Eye-Catching Presentation – Depending on how old your child is, they may have to make a diagram or a presentation to judges. Whatever it is, make it big, bold, and exciting! Use creative catch phrases for the title and make sure it has neat lines.
Write Everything Down – Scientists learn from being wrong, so write it all down. If something in your experiment didn’t go as planned, it’s ok. Record it as it happened. If your child’s teacher is smart, she won’t give them a bad grade. You have to learn somehow.
Remember, science fair is a learning experience, just being there for your child means a lot to them. Happy Happy Saturday!
This blog is about children, our children, your children. Children who never worry about where their next meal is coming from, or if they’re going to live through the night. They are not in constant pain because of the hunger they feel. Sadly, some children are…But we can change that! Through organizations like Feed My Starving Children, we can help children and families who need help. We are called by God to serve others, and that’s what we should do.
Feed My Starving Children is very close to my heart because I have participated in packing meals for multiple years now. It’s so much fun for the whole family to pack meals, and it is the best feeling in the world.
I strongly suggest and pray that you would take into consideration this amazing organization and many others like it. Contact your church or visit the FMSC website for more information.