Victoria Peace Green

Children's Author * Freelance Writer

Month: August 2019

SUMMER VACATION IS OVER BUT THE FUN DOESN’T HAVE TO BE!

The school hallways are full up again with kids…some kids miss summer time and its chill time and miss the ‘no routine’. Well, summer is still around because FALL doesn’t begin officially until Sept 21st.

What to do when the homework is done and dad and mom are home too?

Dig up some cool things to make everyone smile and laugh. Maybe Do an evening of games– the old fashion games! The UNO AND THE SCATAGORIES! Maybe Monopoly or Clue! How about after dinner doing some old fashion S’mores ! Yup! Strike up the grill and get those grammies and marshmallows out and don’t forget the Hershey’s.

Phones can get in the way of family fun. Well, pretend for even an hour that they are not yet to be invented. So, what to do? TALK! Yup. Talk AROUND THE TABLE or sit around the family room and talk about your HIGH point for that day and the LOW, or not-so-good- time of that day. Talk about what you like most about one another. Talk about how you might pray for one another. Ask what one another how you might pray and write it down so you WILL actually remember to pray. Back to school can bring anxieties. Kids getting use to new grade level and new responsibilities and new friends. Family time brings stability, comfort, renews love, and helps kids and adults stay solid in their faith.

Summertime evenings like these are great fun once you make them a routine. Just like any of your routines, they can be looked forward to and shared with friends!

https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/842477/50-family-fun-night-ideas-for-families/

https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/824467/5-games-to-play-at-the-dinner-table/

https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2017/january/parenting-in-age-of-anxiety-children-teens.html

https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/kids/10-benefits-of-family-prayer-time.html

OUR TWEENS ARE BEGINNING A NEW YEAR!

Beginning a new school is pretty tough for any of our children, but when out tween begins middle school even the more confident child can have some frustrations and anxieties. How best can they begin to feel a part of the new community of middle school?

Clubs! Tween’s need their group or their pack! Clubs are a wonderful answer to feeling included and assured of friends!

FUN- Just because it is school doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Learning about their talents and discovering (perhaps for the first time) new interests brings both shy and extroverted tweens to new and exciting levels. Let’s encourage our child to pursue what he/she knows they are talented in but also to expand on new interests. There are typical clubs like art, music, yearbook, band or orchestra and all just waiting to bring fresh looks into what they already know. Less traditional are scrapbooking, green club, leadership club, math, building clubs, technology, and many other clubs.

NOT BORING BUT.. SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT- It’s not just about ABC’s or math like in elementary school. Now school community becomes a variety and variety makes a difference in how our tween views learning. Without the school clubs there would be no extracurricular plays, art shows, technology contests, yearbooks to collect, school leaders, competitions of all sorts and the list keeps on growing.

NO WASTE OF TIME– Making friends for most middle school children is on the top two of their list of: How Best to Survive School! Schools are now very much aware of the ‘bully’ and are proactive in seeing the bully’s demise. Clubs are a great tool and guard against bullying. It’s not a waste of time when your child comes home with smiles and good attitude because of the new like-minded friends they met in their club. Clubs can be a shot in the arm for your tween’s attitude even in their school work. Clubs can and do make a whole lot of difference!

LEARNING COMMITMENT/RESPONSIBILITY– Middle school clubs are not going to demand a lot of your child’s time so that they have no time- but they will require meetings and some do programs/events. This is all good. Your child’s peers can teach commitment and responsibility in a realistic way!  Working with their peer group helps children to get along and to be a team member- a lot like real life, right?! They will learn social etiquette even when dealing with kids they do not especially like as well as learning to work with sudden challenges. So as a parent we need to make sure we talk over with our child, the time elements and the load of responsibility that may come along with it.

PAVES THE WAY INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL- Just like adults need resumes for a good position, our kids need a record on their middle school record that says: “This child was in this club and that club” The gifts/talents they discover they process in middle school will be greatly enhanced and better protected as they come into the High School with interests already in tow.

For more ideas:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7720895_join-school-club.html