Parent Connect_Episode 3 : You can’t protect your kids from porn!

Catch Parent Connect Episode 3 “You can’t protect your kids from porn!” here.

For great resources to help you navigate technology and boundaries for your kids, check out these great conversation guides:

Preschool Phase_Technology Conversation Guide: PC_ConvoGuide_PRE_TECH

Elementary Phase_Technology Conversation Guide: PC_ConvoGuide_ELEM_TECH

Middle School Phase_Technology Conversation Guide: PC_ConvoGuide_MS_TECH

High School Phase_Technology Conversation Guide: PC_ConvoGuide_HS_TECH

Go or Send: Which will you do?

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Experiencing International Missions can be scary. It requires a little bravery and boldness. It’s one thing to step outside your comfort zone within the confines of the United States. But when your comfort zone is an entire country away… you can feel a little lost.

Supporting someone on a Mission trip requires faith and selflessness. The willingness to partner and support someone else’s experience in hopes of catching a glimpse of God’s work in return.

Whether you GO or SEND, both roles are critical to what God is doing.

The Monterrey Mission team is walking out some of this fear, bravery and boldness as they prepare for their trip in June. When asked to look ahead at what they hope to experience in Monterrey, here is what they shared:

When you land in the states on June 13th, what would have to happen in Mexico to make you say, “That was worth it!”? 

Seeing what a difference just a few people can make in the lives of the kids.

The feeling that God used me to bless the kids and support God’s mission with Back2Back in a tangible way. James 1:27

 The feeling that I did Gods will and that he used my family and me for His good.

That I would know that I made a difference in the life of a child and that it was in Gods name not mine.

 For me to watch my daughter and the orphans there bless each other in such radically different AND similar ways that only God can understand.

Knowing for me that even if i don’t feel anything in Mexico or when I get back that I know the seeds I planted God will send others to water them. I think I’ve been able to see that over the past year already.

It’s hard not to get excited about what God will do in the hearts and minds of the adults, students & kids going to Monterrey. Would you join our team?

Go!
It’s not too late to join the team. The cost is $1290 per person. Deadlines for deposits and paperwork are coming up at the end of this month. 6 spots remain, so act now. Contact Gina McClain at ginam@faithpromise.org.

Send!
This may not be your year to
GO but you can SEND.  Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the trip of a specific team member OR to the team as a whole.   or Click here to learn more about fundraisers you can participate in.

The Nativity Live – Special Christmas Event

fpKIDS is excited to presents…

 

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Join us for this special Christmas weekend. All of our Preschool and Elementary kids will take part as we tell the story of Jesus’ birth. In fact, you can even dress up as a character from the Nativity like a:

Shepherd
Angel
Mary
Joseph
Wise Man
even a Star!

Join us at the Faith Promise Campus nearest you!  See below for Campus Times & Locations.

Anderson Campus:

Sunday, December 15 @ 10:30am

Blount Campus:

Saturday, December 14 @ 6:30pm
Sunday, December 15 @ 10:00am & 11:30am

Campbell Campus:

Sunday, December 15 @ 10:30am

North Knox Campus:

Sunday, December 15 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

Pellissippi Campus: 

Friday, December 13 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 14 @ 6:00pm
Sunday, December 15 @ 9:45am & 11:15am

**Psst!**
Hey Parents!
We can’t wait to see your kids dressed up as part of the Nativity.
Please remember!  Costumes do not need to be elaborate.
In fact, the simpler, the better. Dad’s old, brown tie makes a great Shepherds head band, and a white bedsheet is an excellent Mary dress. Let your kids take part in putting together their costume and have fun!

How do I maintain consistency in discipline?

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How do I maintain consistency in my discipline?

How do I respond to disobedience or behavior issues?

The key to maintaining consistency in discipline is maintaining consistencies in everyday activities. Talking with your children and spending quality time with them will help you build a relationship with your child.  A wonderful parenting principle I learned at a conference was, “Rules without a relationship will always lead to rebellion.” Isn’t it so true that when you have a healthy relationship with your child, spouse, boss, or others that you have an open forum to communicate together.

Create a Rhythm
As I observe my five children, I have learned that when schedules get busy and life  is just about doing one activity after another, we have more arguments. Stay in tuned with your families schedules. Being a good parent could mean that everyone takes a season off from activities and focuses on each other and creating an environment that encourages good behavior.

Here are some action steps you can take:

  • Play a game and talk about being a good friend and responding to others when they aren’t nice.
  • Take time to cook dinner together and talk about how school is going.
    • Talk about the ups and downs of the school day.
    • What are your most enjoyable classes? Why?
    • When do you have the hardest time listening? Why?

Fight for the Heart
Having a relationship will be so helpful when you try to make a consistent discipline plan and it will help you respond when there are behavior issues. My 7 year old came home with a bad report from school and I was so disappointed. I read what his teacher wrote and then asked him how he felt about that week. I have to say, I needed some time to process through what needed to be done.

So, I called my husband and we decided as a team how to respond. We knew that he hadn’t responded well during reading groups based on the note and had noticed that he wasn’t very confident when reading at home. After talking with him, we realized that reading was a big frustration for him, so we made a plan. He was punished for his behavior because that is never an acceptable way to respond. Then, we made sure that we took extra time reading with him daily. This not only helped him the next week at school, but he was excited about the plan.

Here are some action steps you can take:

  • When you encounter a discipline issue, sit down and make a plan
  • If you’re married, be consistent by agreeing on a plan together
  • Share that plan with your child.
    • Let them know what they are expected to do
    • Let them know what they can expect from you
    • Remind them that you are a team and your goal is to help them win

Parenting is such a hard job, because you can never have all the answers. Seeking God and asking for wisdom, praying for your children, and building relationships with them is our key for success. We are far from figuring it all out, but definitely have figured a formula that helps.

Take time to know your children. Knowing what they enjoy and how they respond to life challenges will help you teach and direct them. Remember sometimes you have to change your discipline plan as they change. What worked last year may not still work today. We can only do it with the help of our Lord. Learn to seek and lean on Him and He will help direct your steps.

Hope Hall is an amazing mom of 5 and Elementary fpKIDS Coordinator at our Blount Campus.