Message from the Chaplain

Hi Parents,

Some more worthwhile hints in order to assist our children (boys) achieve more in life.

Hope this helps all of us encourage our children to be a success.

Because boys and girls are uniquely created, boys and girls learn differently. Numerous studies now back that up. Their brains are wired differently, with varying hormones and chemicals, and also develop at different rates, notes Michael Gurian in Boys and Girls Learn Differently: a Guide for Teachers and Parents.

Even if our children are going off to school each day, parents can help set their boys up for academic success. Given the way boys are designed, here are 6 ways we as parents can help our boys thrive in school:

1. Feed them well:

Stay away from sugary breakfasts or lunches that will fuel a rush-and-crash cycle. Instead, give your boys healthy choices, including good proteins, to keep their energy levels steady for the school day.

2. Let them move:

After a day at school, boys need to move. It’s difficult for them to come home and dive right into homework. Their focus will actually improve if they get outside time first.

3. Break up homework:

“Telling a boy to sit and do his homework until it’s done can be torture.” Break homework into shorter lessons, and let your son shoot basketballs or get a snack and then come back and finish.

4. Let them help:

“Given all the hours for school, homework, and extracurricular activities, parents may be tempted to scale back on the chores. But boys thrive on accomplishment and feeling needed.” The responsibility learned in chores can transfer to the classroom.

5. Limit technology:imom_screen_time_tracker_color

Some parents have found that limiting screen time to weekends only has helped their boys use the few hours between school and bedtime well. For older boys, set rules for when cell phones and computers need to be turned off for the night. Consider having a place where all phones are kept overnight or putting family controls on Wi-Fi access. Use iMOM’s screen time tracker to get it under control.

6. Be involved:

Get to know your son’s teachers and school.

Give it a go and see how your boy/s respond. Also, please contact me if you need to talk about an issue in your life. I would consider it a privilege to spend time with you.

Take Care,

Gary Crole,
Christian College Bellarine Campus Chaplain.


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