“A child left to himself disgraces his mother” (Proverbs 29:15).
This Scripture verse reminds us that our children need guidance from us in order to become the kind of adults we can be proud of.
School is a part of our children’s lives where we can help them succeed. School performance is often based on a child’s home life. It is not based on how much money a family has.
Here are some things we can do to help our children be successful in the classroom.
Make sure your children are as healthy as possible. Give them nutritious food to eat. Encourage them to get adequate sleep and exercise.
Instill a sense of confidence. Never shame your children. Allow them to make mistakes without making a big deal about them. Encourage them to try new things.
Limit their TV watching and their Internet surfing. Encourage reading, conversation, imaginary play and sports.
Help your children establish good study habits. Encourage them to ask questions and to learn the reasons behind ideas—not just to memorize lists and facts.
Talk to your children about ideas. Encourage them to express themselves. Teach them to see both sides of an issue. Encourage them to be creative.
Children need to be taught habits that will keep them healthy, self-confident and informed. These qualities will help them both in school and in life.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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