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Dear parents,

We’re thrilled to partner with you by offering an online parenting class each month. We’ve taken the time to figure out REAL issues families are dealing with at the Preschool, Elementary, and Jr./Sr. High age levels and packaged some great resources in regard to those. Our hope is that these would help you on your parenting journey .

We have created an archive for previous classes, too, so you may refer back to them or check them out if you missed them.  Here are the links to the previous classes by age range:

PRESCHOOL        ELEMENTARY        JR./SR. HIGH

Here are the 3 ONLINE CLASSES FOR MAY 2017! I hope you will find them beneficial.

I want to remind you that I love and care about each of you. Please let me know how I help you, and how I can pray for you and our family. 

Your partner,

Sharon Guard, Director of Family Ministry   

Email: sguard@andersonhillsumc.org            Phone: 513-231-4172


 

Screen TIme

 PART 1:

This is the digital age and the age of rapid technological advancement. We can’t run from it, so we have to make sure we understand it, are in tune to it, and most importantly, in control of it—rather than letting it control us or our kids.

This Online Parenting Class video helps you come to grips with how much screen time your preschooler should be experiencing. After you watch the video, I urge you to get in touch with me regarding any comments or questions you have.

Let’s work together to make sure technology works for the good of your family’s spiritual growth instead of against it.

 

 

Establishing Healthy Gaming Boundaries

PART 1:

Video games and social media are mainstays in the lives of nearly every child in the country. We can’ t really escape it. There’ s actually no need to run from these things as long as they are handled wisely and appropriately. This video provides excellent information and guidelines for Biblical parenting in today’ s tech-savvy society. Please watch the video and make every possible effort to implement what you learn into your home’s video-game policies.

I also want to remind you that I am always willing to discuss any questions or thoughts you would like to share on this or any other lesson.

I have a deep personal interest in your family and I want the best God has in store for you. Parenting isn’ t easy, but working together we can show your children the marvelous God we serve and that a life with him is more exciting than any game they will ever play.

 

   

Teens and Cell Phones

PART 1

This month we are going to address Teens and Cell Phone. It will help answer some of the questions you may have regarding cell phone use.

You may be asking, is there an appropriate age to provide your child with one?
But the more important question is, is your child ready for a cell phone?

One way to decide is to let you teen tell you why they think they are ready. Ask your teenager straight up: “Do you think you are ready to have a cell phone?” See how they answer. Can they give legitimate reasons, or do they give a weak answer like, “Because I am the only one who doesn’t have one!” Use this question to launch a conversation that goes much deeper. Ask your teen, “Tell me how you are ready to have a cell phone.” This will get to the heart of the matter. See if they are able to identify some positive and negative aspects to cell phones.

For example, ask them if they’ve noticed families in restaurants where both the parents and the kids are on their phones, not engaging in conversation with one another. See if your teen can identify things that are being lost by cell phone use. Ask what are some of the good memories they have from family dinners? How is face-to-face conversation different from texting? What are the benefits, but also, what are the downfalls?

Hold back from sounding judgmental; see if your teen understands the potential pitfalls of cell phone use, and make your decision to give him or her one based on this.

It’s not about asking the right questions. It’s about simply having the conversation.
If you plan time to do that, you’ll likely be very clear on your answer.
   
Check out the online parenting class for this month: