Pre-Teen Academic Homework for Parents (Not Kids)

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Hi beautiful people, its being awhile, hasn’t it? I wanted to address something I often discuss in social circles but haven’t necessarily given a voice to on a larger scale.

You see, prior to having my own children I use to observe those around me in the corporate world who did have children all but pull their hairs out stressed about some assignment that their kids got as homework. I mean, these parents I refer to had kids in private schools, yes with a few in public schools at the kinder-garden (yes, I said kinder-garden) and primary/preparatory level.

The thing is, my coworkers would literally come to work either begging for help or spending time after-work completing homework for their children. Things like, the history of Mary Seacole or some Jamaican Hero/Heroine or more complex work like draw or make a life size form of transportation etc. I never quit understood why schools put some much pressure on the parents because surely they couldn’t expect a four, five or six year old to do all that by themselves. The funny thing is I use to laugh at these parents until I became one. That’s right, I now have to do all of that too. Not to mention at least two text books per day with more than one page to complete and if you are blessed with more than one child like I am, just multiple that work by how many you have.

Now I wonder, why are the schools putting so much pressure on parents? It’s not fair. I am all for parents having a vested interest in their children’s academic life but this pushes the boundaries of ridiculousness. Schools are putting too much pressure on the parents to educate the child. When my kid comes home with two text books per day with four pages each, that’s saying to me they were not taught at school so I have to teach them at home. This past holiday my five year old was sent home with all of six textbooks and guess what, a million pages of homework (I know, I know, dramatic effect!).

The alarming thing is that, if parents become so flustered with the volume of home work, can you image how the children feels? The poor souls have the attention span of a goldfish. Are we propagating the stigma that schools must be dismayed already at this tender stage? Don’t get me started on the pressure we place on our children at the GSAT level. When is it that these children are allowed to be children and parents are allowed to bond with their children outside of pressuring them to complete some mundane assignment that am sure isn’t any more interesting for the teachers to mark themselves.

Are we then missing the purpose of homework? Or is it that I don’t know the purpose. Here I thought it was a system designed to test the children’s knowledge of what was taught for the day or week. If this was the case, why send home the textbooks that they were meant to use in class? And why give complex art assignments to children who can barely write their names straight?

These are my two cents, drop a comment below to share your views and don’t forget to follow my blog

XoXo

 

My Words & Thoughts

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David’s prayer in Psalm 19:14 is so perfect and such a lesson for us: My words and thoughts in every walk of life can express worship for God. Words of hope, love, optimism, encouragement, and truth are such an important aspect of my obedient worship to the God who is all worthy, that they literally have the power to transform my life and the lives of others. We shouldn’t be surprised. Worship changes everything.

Are you worshiping God with your words? Are you experiencing His transforming power? No one teaches on the power of words better than my dear friend Joyce Meyer. Listen to what she has to say:

‘I am sure you have heard someone say, “You are going to eat those words.” It may sound like a mere phrase to us, but in reality we do eat our words. What we say not only affects others, but it also affects us. Words are wonderful when used in a correct way. They can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing…’

We can literally increase our own joy by speaking right words. We can also upset ourselves by talking unnecessarily about our problems, our insecurities or things that have hurt us in relationships.

The words that come out of our mouth go into our own ears as well as other people’s, and then they drop down into our soul, where they bring us life or death, peace or upset, depending on the types of words we have spoken. God desires that our spirit be light and free so it can function properly, not heavy and oppressed.

When we understand the power of words and realize that we can choose what we think and speak, our lives can be transformed… We can learn to choose our thoughts, to resist wrong ones and think on good, healthy, and right ones. I have often said, “Where the mind goes, the man follows.” And it could also be said that where the mind goes, the mouth follows!

Think about that last sentence carefully. Do you really believe that the words you say can change your life? I do. Because words of blessing and truth are one of the ways we worship our God and honor the others in our world.

My words tell others—and myself—what I believe about God. They tell others what I believe about my-self and my life. They reveal my attitude. I want my words to show true worship—exalting the Mighty One—whether I am in front of a thousand leading worship or talking softly to my kids at bedtime or on the phone with a customer service rep who is not understanding my request. I want my words to be aligned with God’s truth.

Take some time today to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the ways you speak and think that are detrimental to yourself and others.. today is a new day.. a new beginning.
Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.