I Voted, an American right!

If what’s happening in the world is important to you, take a stand and let your voice be known. Go Vote!
Many Texas News services are reporting great numbers of people voting statewide. By 4:30 pm Monday, 42,241 ballots had been cast in Dallas County.
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Teaching Kids About Gratitude

How to teach your kids to be grateful- give them less!

I think most of us agree that this principle is true, but why can’t we bring ourselves to actually do this?

As parents, despite wanting to give our kids everything, one of the greatest gifts we can give is to literally give less, to force decision-making and awareness among all their choices. We need to have more faith in them and let them be challenged. It’s not easy to watch your kids struggle—but in the end, it does breed gratitude. And there is no question that these lessons are most effective if you start early and consistently through every child’s primary occupation: play.

Every Single Day

Every Single Day

Parenting is a delicate balance of convincing your child they can do anything in life,

Simultaneously screaming “Don’t do that!” every three minutes.

You can help your child improve this executive function by building some working memory boosters into his daily life.
  • Work on visualization skills. …
  • Have your child teach you. …
  • Suggest games that use visual memory. …
  • Play cards. …
  • Encourage active reading. …
  • Chunk information into smaller bites. …
  • Make it multisensory.

Countdown Prayer for School Year

7 days till school starts…

Subject: Extracurricular Teachers
Lord Jesus, I pray for every extracurricular leader in our schools to be blessed and honored.  Thank you for those teachers who sacrifice more of their time so they can not only teach, but help with band, sports, clubs and other special school functions.   We give you praise for those who sacrifice for our children, for they are following your example, in your name we pray.  Amen.

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A Letter To Dad

fathers and sonA Letter from a Son to a Dad

Fathers, allow your sons to have the freedom to become their own man.
Focus on teaching your son the attributes that will make him a good man; a heart for God, honestly, a good work ethic, respect for others, etc.
If you and your son share common interests, use the time you two spend together teaching him the things that will make him a good man.
If it seems like you and your son have nothing in common, try to find some common ground, and try to expose yourself to his interests and use your effort to spend time with your son as a demonstration of how much you support and respect his passions and interests. Hobbies and past-times do not define a man, good morals and a heart for God does.

Fathers, talk with your children. Your children thrive on your attention, being an active parent will give your sons a good example of manhood, and it will give your daughters a good benchmark of how a man should treat them.
Active parenting requires making many decisions, and sometimes you will make a poor choice or a mistake, do not be afraid to admit your mistakes to your children. This shows your children the importance of admitting when they are wrong, plus it will make you more approachable and easier to talk to when they are in a tough spot and desperately want advice.

When your child comes to you to admit wrong-doing on their part, received them with open arms and an open heart. Listen to them as they explain the situation, so that when they are finished, you can help them understand why what they did was wrong and how to make better decisions in the future.
Do not be afraid to execute a suitable punishment if one is required, but do not let judgment be your first response. Let them know that you are proud that they came willingly to admit their mistake. If your children do not feel comfortable talking about issues and asking advice from their parents, they will get advice from elsewhere.