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|Posted on 3 April, 2018 at 3:16||comments (87)|
A subject that is very dear to me is how and when children begin to use electronics. I am a firm believer that a child should not have access to a cell phone, lap top, tablet or television during the first 5 years of their lives. I know, it sound like a long time, but it is worth the wait for the child. The first five years of a child's life are the informative years. It is during this time that time should be spent helping the child learn to live without electronics.
A recent article I read stated the following: "over the past 15 years, researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids' mental illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:
1. 1 in 5 children has mental health problems
2. 43% increase in ADHA
3. 37% increase in teen depression
4. 200% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old"
The articles goes on to say, "children need to spend time with their parents and not an electronic device. Children are being deprived of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood, such as emotionally available parents, clearly defined limits and guidance, responsibilities, balanced nutrition and adequate sleep, movement and out doors and creative play, social interaction, opportunities for unstructured times and boredom."
Will follow up laater.
|Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 13:52||comments (34)|
I had a conversation with a lady the other day. During the conversation she spoke about how unruly children are today; yelling at parents, making demands, being disrespectful, being disobedient, how you can not tell them anything, and if you do the parents get offended.
i thought about what she said. And, she is right. Not all children, but too many than it should be.
I believe in training or teaching children right from wrong. According to the word of God, He said to train them up in the way they should go. A child should not be allowed to have control. The parent is the one with the God given authority and they should not relinquish it to a child. At no time is it ok for a child to be disobedient to parents (unless the parent is instructing the child to break the law or do something that will cause them harm). Parents should not get offended if some one within right, corrects their child. I raised two children alone. I needed the eyes of others to help me.
Children need structure. That structure should come from parents. And, I am not talking about enrolling in every sport available for their age group. I am talking about things like boundaries (what they can and can not do). If a parent allows a child to have everything they want, go wherever they want when they want, that parent is asking for trouble. There has to be a NO in there somewhere.
Why structure? Because in the real world, no one gets everything they want. In he real world, you are going to be told no. In the real world, your child is not going to be the only one that counts. Having structure helps build character.
Children must learn how to handle rejection in a constructive manner.
To the parents, take a look and see how you are doing. It really is ok to say, no.
|Posted on 25 January, 2016 at 17:39||comments (11)|
Well, we had our first Singles Class last weekend. It was a blessing. We talked about things singles face (loneliness, not having someone to share life with, single parenting). Those in attendance asked questions and participated in some good dialog.
For some, they realized that past hurts was keeping them from moving forward in life.
It was just a good sessions. Plans are under way to have a second sessions soon.