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Raising a Normal Teenager

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Experience has its advantage: perspective. Being on this side of having reared children who are now grown (and gainfully-employed responsible citizens) I’m often amused at the things parent get anxious about. Many of the things parents get upset about related to their children’s behaviors fall under the category of what I call “kid stuff.” But, I can appreciate that living through the adventure of parenting, things can seem huge when one takes on the illusion of being responsible for the fate of one’s child. Continue reading Raising a Normal Teenager

Dealing With The Pushy Parent

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I receive an e-mail from a church staff member about that perennial problem: the pushy parent (sometimes called “helicopter parents”). The problem comes in all forms. Parents who want allowances or exceptions for their “special” child, their “gifted” child, or their “tender” child. They want the child advanced a grade, put in the “smart” class, held back a grade, or, put into the same group with their “special little friends.” Once, when I was a school principle a parent insisted I place her twin daughters in the same class all through grade school—and, requested that they always sit next to each other. There was no thought about encouraging individuation on the part of that mom! Even when a graduate school dean I’d get calls from parents (usually the mom) contesting a grade!
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Children Aren’t Disposable

By Laura M. Cheifetz, Vice President of Church and Public Relations, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

I have been thinking a lot about children lately. (Not about having them. About the children who already exist.) Children coming across the U.S. border, fleeing violence. Children huddled inside shelters in Gaza, or playing on the beach, unprotected from the war raging around them. Children who become accustomed to running down to the bomb shelter when a siren goes off. Children who don’t have enough to eat during the summers when there is no school lunch program, or who go to school each day from a homeless shelter. Children who are unintended casualties of drone attacks in Pakistan. Children whose homes are more dangerous than their schools.

We can blame it on their parents’ poor decisions, or their neighborhoods. We can blame it on their governments, whether those governments are Honduras or Guatemala, or involve Hamas. But too many people think of children as disposable.

We would never call children disposable, not out loud. We love children, we say. Continue reading Children Aren’t Disposable

Updated Curriculum Charts

By Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated / Morehouse Education Resources

I always tell congregations that right after Easter is the time to begin evaluating the current programmatic year, especially if a church seeks to discern a new curricular resource to use with children, youth, and/or adults. So this comes a little earlier than in past years, with Easter just days away.

You’ll find my processes and recommendations for evaluation and choosing resources here. Continue reading Updated Curriculum Charts

Coming of Age In Faith

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I finally got around to watching a movie on Netflix that’s been on the “to watch” list. The movie was “House of D.” In the movie a thirteen-year-old comes of age through loss, grief, and escape. As an adult, and a father, he returns to the place of his childhood in order to reconnect and move on.

Coming of age stories touch on powerful issues related to identity, self, and emotional process. At around age 10 something shifts developmentally within us. For the first time we become self-aware in new ways, and, we become more keenly aware of the emotional process at play in our families and relationships. The genre can be very effective as a vehicle for teaching about self, identity, and family emotional process.

Here’s a list of some coming-of-age stories, in books and films. How many do you know? Continue reading Coming of Age In Faith