January 29 2016
Principal’s Message Jan. 27, 16
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5
At NIS the teachers have the privilege of teaching your children about all kinds of different things; Mathematics, English Literacy, Chinese, Music, PE, Geography, Science, and Art, just to name a few. A child’s parents will always be their first and most important teachers, but in teaching them these subjects we understand that because of our training, and the time and resources we have available to us, that we are the ones best able to teach your children about certain things.
While the teachers at NIS do a fantastic job of teaching your children, there are some things that your children should learn from no one but YOU! I recently came across a great article from author and parent expert, Sarah Hamaker, who identifies 6 things that your child should learn from no one else but you:
A child’s mind has often been compared to a sponge—soaking up knowledge wherever he goes. A child is learning all the time through play, school, home, and life in general. His inquisitive mind is busy figuring out what makes the world tick, what happens when X occurs, and why the sky is blue and peanuts make some kids sick. The curiosity of a child can be a very beautiful thing to behold—sometimes, I wish I still had that childlike sense of wonder as the light of knowledge dawns.
But whether you home school or send your kids to private or public school, there are some things that a child should learn from no one but his mom or dad. While we might outsource geometry or literature, we shouldn’t sit back and let someone else teach our kids the important things in life. This list is by no means comprehensive—rather, it’s more of a big picture to get you thinking about what your children should learn from no one but you.
1. Faith. The Bible is very clear that it’s the parents’ responsibility to raise up our children in the ways of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6). While we won’t get bogged down in particulars here, you should teach your children the fundamentals of your faith: prayer, tenets of your faith, why we believe what we believe. These are things we should both model and teach to our children.
2. Sexuality. Sure, you can let the schools teach the basic biology but no matter where your child is educated, you should be the primary source of information related to sex and sexuality. This doesn’t have to be heavy conversations about the birds and the bees (although those do need to take place at certain stages of a child’s life), but instead focus on the nuances of sexuality. Parents should also make the most of the natural opportunities granted through the media, classmates, family members, and other events.
3. Values. There are things that you value as a family. Among Christians, much will look the same, but there are things you will value differently, such as family traditions, ways of relating to one another, etc. You
4. Love. We love our kids so much, we probably think it’s obvious to them. But the world presents so many different kinds of love that we should make sure our kids learn real love from us. Show them by example how to love a husband or wife. Show them unconditional love by loving them no matter what. Show them tangible love by doing things for them, like cooking their favorite meal just because, mending their favorite jeans and snuggling over a good book. There are a thousand and one ways we can demonstrate love for our kids. Find little ways and big ways to show your children how much you love them.
5. Santa Claus. Whether you believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, chances are your child will likely spend part of her childhood believing in that sort of magical figure. You should be the one to tell your child the truth about those figures because you know when the timing and messaging is right and appropriate for your kids.
6. The Right Thing. Children should learn from their parents that it is important to do the right thing in spite of what others have done. If we don’t provide them with guidelines on what to do when confronted with choosing the right path or the wrong one, our children will be more likely to falter.
Taken from: http://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/kids/6-things-your-children-should-learn-from-no-one-but-you.html