Tips for Building Up Children
This year our Faculty has had a wonderful opportunity to get some instruction and training at our annucal ACSI (Association of Christian Schools) teacher conference. It's more officially known as "NEXUS." Chrisitan School teachers met at 81 sites across the nation, Oct. 18 and 19 to learn and grow together. Some of the information was great for our heads. We also had inspiring input that was great for our hearts. Our prayer is that it's ultimately great for the hearts of your children.
One session provided wonderful reminders to us that much of teaching is relational. We need to establish strong relationships with children in order to teach them most effectively. Many tips were shared that all of you have probably heard, but were certainly good for us as educators to hear again. Here are three tips about things you can do in 60 seconds or less to build up your children. These are good for teachers and for parents.
First, "love" them. One practical example of that is to repeat the thought that "no matter what, you'll be there for your child." You've told them before but children love that type of reminder. Telling them once isn't enough for a lifetime dose of that vital message.
A second tip is to "walk alongside " them. You can communicate this powerful concept by telling your child: "Let's do this together." That simple statement, accompanied by a partnering parent's hand, can bring refreshment, lighten a load, and help create a thankful heart. Can you remember a time when someone did that for you? It's a tremendous boost for a child.
Finally, "affirm" your child. One creative way to do that is to periodically tell them something like: "Here's one thing about you that is very important to me." With a little bit of thought, you can come up with a list of things that will spice up your child's life in an inspiring way.
Strengthening your relationship with your child opens the door for you to speak the Truth of the Scripture and to be "heard" more consistently as a parent. Try building that relationship in a way you haven't tried before. I'd love to hear how that goes for you!