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Christmas Day is a very joyous holiday. I was watching CNN last night and they are celebrating Christmas in Turkey and other Islamic countries, and some people in Israel. The people they interview said they celebrate Christmas because it is a positive and beautiful holiday. They have Christmas trees, Santa Claus, decorations, and presents. It is all about spending time with loved ones and family. The merchants said it was also good for business to celebrate Christmas.
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2. Tell your child how you expect them to react to any problem with an adult. They must be respectful. If there is a punishment, let the child deal with the consequences of their behavior.
4. Go in with the attitude of wanting to understand what is going on and wanting to help with a solution. Kids can and often do exaggerate and manipulate their parents.
5. You should leave the meeting feeling like you understand what is going on and there should be a resolution or plan in place so the problem doesn't continue.
6. If you are not satisfied with the meeting results with the teacher, make an appointment with the principal. Make sure you bring all the facts and have handled it calmly and correctly.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
1. Nervous is normal - Let your child know it is normal to be nervous. Share a story about your own back-to-school jitters.
2. Get a conversation going - The last thing a kid wants is to hear a lecture, so look for opportunities to spark a conversation. Don worry about invading your child's privacy.
3. Don't do all the talking - Listen to the child once they open up to you. Help them think through the problem and let them solve it on their own if possible.
4. Tackle the touchy subjects - Talking about sex, drugs, and bullying with children is a tough job, but every parent has to when the time comes.
5. Get help - Sometimes, kids need someone else with the benefit of experience closer to their age. This is why many school districts have adopted buddy systems.
6. Say the "v" word - Every talk with your child is the opportunity to remind them of your values.
Monday, December 14, 2009
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1. Hand sanitizer
2. Travel-pack of tissue
3. Lip balm
4. Throat lozenges
5. Breath mints
7. Soft nail file
8. Travel-size deodorant
9. Nonperishable healthy snack (trail mix, protein bar, etc)
10. Sunscreen for field trips/recess
Thursday, December 10, 2009
December 10, 2009
I was talking to a friend and she was telling me she was discouraged and needed prayer. I stopped the conversation and I said, "Let's pray right now". I started praying for her and when the prayer was finished she thanked me. I could tell there was a lift in her spirit and truly hope she is having a wonderful day. So many times people ask for you to pray for them and we may forget or pray later. Why not stop and pray immediately. That way they hear and know you are praying for them!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Alabama football, how great can it be?
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3. Study a foreign language together, which has been shown to boost kids' performance on reading and math test. start small by writing foreign words for everyday objects on index cards and taping them around the house. Check out www.googlecom/translate to convert English into 42 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Lithuanian.
4. Make a foreign friend. It is a digital world, but snail-mail pen pals are safer for kids- and getting a letter wit exotic stamps is an old-fashioned thrill. Try a reliable pen pal organization, like Student Letter Exchange, http://www.pen-pal.com/ , a U.S. based service that matches kids 8 and up with potential pals in other countries.
5. Meet your ancestors. It is fun to trace your family tree to its cross-cultural roots with a site like http://www.ancestry.com/ . You might just learn a thing or two about your heritage too.