From the Chaplain – Parenting our children
It’s been my joy in the last six weeks to welcome two new grandchildren, Toby and Addison into this ever changing world from two daughters. With all the difficulties and sadness in our world it is important to celebrate special times together. It has also highlighted to me the fact that as parents we never completely let go of our children’s needs even when they become adults. This has been true for my wife and I, as we’ve closely followed our daughters preparations and journey throughout the whole baby experience.
Whether we’re parents, grandparents, or educators, we’re deeply invested in helping to raise the children in our care and to ground them in important life skills. The joy of working with children on a K-4 campus is that we, as educators, along with their parents and grandparents, can lay important foundations that can equip them for life.
We all acknowledge that life in 21st Century is changing at a rapid rate, especially with advances being made in technology. You may ask, ‘What type of a world are our children / grandchildren growing up in?’ This question has been pondered about through the years, but with each generation comes new challenges, new opportunities and new hope.
Anxiety is a big issue in society today, affecting both children and adults. Foundations like generosity, responsibility, appreciation, warmth, kindness, helpfulness and a strong work ethic do not change over time and serve to provide comfort as well as security and growth for our children. Where do these qualities come from? – They are found in Scripture and come from our loving Father God, who calls us His children and wants us to place our hope and trust in Him, to guide us through life’s ups and downs.
I came across an article recently that maybe helpful which listed 13 ways to assist in the raising of children. They include;
- Setting boundaries 2. Developing routines 3. Early bedtimes 4. Growing empathy for others 5. Giving hugs 6. Parents playing with their children 7. Having outdoor time 8. Completing chores to help the family 9. Screen time limits 10. Having new experiences not new things 11. Having slow moving days for the whole family 12. Reading books to children 13. Enjoying the pleasure of music.
We pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in this important role of leading and equipping this next generation in our care.
‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’ Proverbs 22:6
Junior School Chaplain