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Friday, October 8, 2010

Family MATTERS -- Newspaper Article - Helping Your Child Excel in School

Every other week, we publish an article for families in our local paper. We will post them for your benefit.

Faith Baptist Church presents
family MATTERS

Welcome to a corner of the paper where you’ll find help for your family! Faith Baptist Church is pleased to offer this column focused on bringing you practical, Godly advice to tackle today’s challenges!

Are you wondering how to help your child excel in school? Do you have questions about effective discipline? Do you need advice on handling stress? Struggling with a challenging teen? - Want to give your marriage a lift?
Faith Baptist has teamed with Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Gayla Fields to bring you this column. Together, we’ll explore the Bible to find God’s direction. All books referenced in our articles can be found on the shelves of the Faith Family Resource Center, which is open from noon to 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the every month.
Our goal is to pull families together in the Light of Christ’s love. This is the key to building strong families!

This Week’s Topic: Helping Your Child Excel in School
Recommended Books:
The Bible & “Home Life: The Key to Your Child’s Success at School” by Cheri Fuller
Bible Verse: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6

1. Maintain structure. Children and teens may complain about your rules, but they need them. Maintain a routine after school: snack time – homework – play – dinner – cleanup. Children feel protected by structure and perform better with it.

2. Create a study area . Fill it with all the items needed to complete their work. Make sure this area is NOT in front of a TV!

3. Form a positive relationship with your children’s teachers. This allows parents to support the teacher and school experience.

4. Give kids consequences for their choices/behaviors. If a child does homework without complaining, praise the child and give a reward such as playing a game with them or spending time together (NOT in front of the TV!) If a child refuses to do homework or lies about homework, remove a privilege or make bedtime earlier. Allow you child to experience consequences!

4. Love your husband or wife. Statistics show that children in homes whose parents have happy marriages do better in school.
Watch for more info in the future! Recommended books are available through the Family Resource Center, located in Faith Baptist Church on the corner of Alton and High Streets in Freeburg. The Center is open the last Wednesday of each month from noon to 7 p.m. Call 539-3434 and leave your name and number to request a book.

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