Primary News 24 May 2013

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY……  FRIDAY 21 JUNE…DATE CLAIMER

WHEN           Friday 21 June

Morning Tea from 11.00am

Concert starts at 11.30am

WHERE         Morning tea on the church verandah and then concert in the church.

Following this grandparents will move to the College grounds and visit classrooms.

DETAILS      Invitations will be posted to grandparents next week. Please give grandparents a “heads up” that the invitation will be in the mail soon.

If no grandparents live in close proximity, an older significant family member or friend is welcome to attend.

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AN OLD FAVOURITE ARTICLE ON PARENTING RESURFACES

A few weeks ago when I was doing some cleaning in my office at home, this article (which has always been an old favourite of mine) came to my attention once again and I thought it was worth passing on to other parents. I first read this when my own children were young and saw the wisdom in the contents of these words. Parenting is such an incredibly important responsibility and bringing children up in 2013 is such a challenging job. The extended family unit which supported parents in the past has, in many cases, been replaced by hectic lives and very little family support nearby.

Times have changed incredibly and the pressures which single and nuclear families face on a daily basis are significant today ….particularly in the area of guiding children through the mine field of life and filling their “moral warehouse” in preparation for life as young men and women who will one day stand alone and walk life’s path, drawing on the wisdom and values which parents have instilled in them throughout the formative years at school and living at home under their roof.

Society has changed and there are few heroes today. Respect for politicians, doctors, police, church leaders sporting coaches and others (including teachers) is no longer a “given” and although there may be genuine reasons for this, the by-product is sometimes a lack of respect all round.

I hope you find this article below interesting and even helpful as you train up your children to become the fine young men and women you want them to be in the years to come.  Some scriptures are also included as God’s Word has a great deal to say about raising children and wisdom for parents.

I googled the article and was interested to find on this site that it had once been attributed to a police officer in the USA. This may or may not be correct as the website states, but there are some interesting and heartbreaking articles (about mistakes parents have openly admitted they’ve made) which are quite challenging. You may be interested in reading these also.

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/12rules.asp

12 STEPS TO RAISE A DELINQUENT

1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living. 7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they won’t be so shocked when the home is broken up later.
2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he’s cute. 8. Give the child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own.
3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is twenty-one and then let “him decide for himself”. 9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that his every sensual desire is gratified.
4. Avoid the use of “wrong”. He may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested, that society is against him and he is being persecuted. 10. Let him read any printed material, and listen to any music he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.
5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others. 11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize to yourself by saying, “I could never do anything with him.”
6. Take his part against neighbours, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child. 12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will likely have it.

Taken from a pamphlet entitled Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children distributed by the Houston Police Department.


 

Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry.
Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction. Ephesians 6:4

Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life. Proverbs 22:6

Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. Colossians 3:20

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