Hack-Proofing Children’s Brains

9 10 2018

We all know the panic and fear that strikes when we suddenly realize our computer has been hacked.

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The first indication might be when we notice important documents are missing. That’s when we discover a hidden virus has been corrupting our files. Someone has gained control of our operating system! We worry about personal information being stolen and immediately take action to stop the attack.

But what about protecting young minds as vigorously as we protect our technology?

The alarming truth is that children’s brains can and are being hacked by social media, music, and TV.

Society is teaching children how to view the world. Computer games, commercials, and movies infiltrate young minds, creating an unbiblical worldview. An overemphasis is placed on self and self-gratification. Valued above all else are things like fame and popularity, outer beauty, and material possessions.

Society is relentless in preaching its worldview—how people should think about and respond to their world.

Even five- and six-year-olds will develop a worldview. It is critical for us to provide them with a biblical viewpoint—a viewpoint based on Truths contained in Scripture. Such a viewpoint will provide a set of beliefs that will enable young children to make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Protecting young minds demands a strong offense. We need to be proactive in training children how to think biblically—to make sense of their world by using Truths contained in the Bible. Helping children build a biblical worldview teaches them to perceive the world through Scripture. But can this be done in the context of running errands, checking homework, mediating disputes, serving meals, cleaning clutter, and—well, in the context of life?

Yes! We can begin by helping young children understand that God is real and He cares about them.

Sing the song “My God is So Big” with your child and try doing the sign language in this Youtube I posted.

“My God is So big.” Youtube link:

https://youtu.be/e3hiqzck60w

Questions: Has God revealed Himself to your young child? Has He helped your child with a big problem?

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It’s never too late.

24 01 2013

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The winter months are often difficult for teachers, parents, and students. Flu season interrupts learning. It’s hard to believe this school year is almost half over. The countdown to the end of the year starts in the back of educators’ minds. It’s not too late to help struggling students improve skills needed for all learning.

Every teacher embraces the responsibility of teaching students the basics…skills which are necessary for successful learning. Good learning habits contribute to positive academic performance. Deliberate instruction of study skills is the key.

Those study skills can be taught by parents.
Here’s a document which summarizes what most teachers know and do. As a parent, you may find you do many of the things as well to help your child perform well in school.
Teaching skills for all learning

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation which clarifies how to explicitly teach nonacademic skills that are the foundation for all learning.
Teaching young children basic skills





Why?

21 07 2012

We watch the bloody bodies coming out of the Aurora theater and ask why. Why did this happen? Why did one man commit such evil against innocent people? Teens, parents, children simply watching a movie.

Rational minds can’t make sense of such an irrational act. Yet we struggle to comprehend it.

Our hearts ache for those who have lost loved ones. For those whose lives will be forever changed. How can this be prevented from ever happening again?

The Colorado massacre brings everything into perspective for those of us who live with physical pain. Our pain can’t come close to the loss of a loved one. There is pain and then there is pain. When no amount of tears seem to comfort. When time doesn’t seem to heal the hurt.

Finally, we ask the question that offers hope. Who can help?

When things seem horribly out of control, there is One who is in control. Our heavenly Father knows what it’s like for a Son to die. He gave His only Son for us. So that we could one day live with Him in heaven. A place without such carnage as we see on the news. A place where God will wipe away every tear. A place where there will be no more pain.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

I’m comforted by that hope. That eases my pain and gives me peace.

You might say, “That’s easy for you to say. You don’t know what it’s like to face an insane man threatening your life.”

My answer: Actually, I do know what it’s like…years ago my son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. For two months during a psychotic episode, he threatened my life. Out of touch with reality, with an empty darkness in his eyes. During those days, God provided peace. Peace that can’t be comprehended. How could I have such peace in the face of death? Because of Him.

Dear heavenly Father, You are able to comfort those who are in pain. Please bring comfort and peace to those who face physical or emotional pain. To those who struggle with fear and uncertainty. We pray for protection for the police officers who walk into danger on our behalf. In Jesus’ name, Amen

How are you praying for the people in Aurora, Colorado?





Spending time with the ultimate BFF

11 12 2011

Nowadays, people make promises to be a best friend forever. We have good intentions to be a true friend to someone. We hope special friendships will never end. In spite of our good intentions, relationships have difficulties at times. Sadly, sometimes friendships end. They aren’t always forever.

There is One Friend who will truly be a friend forever. A trusted Friend. One we can have forever – past this life.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read a devotional I wrote (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).  This recent devotional is entitled, “When We Encounter Barriers Remember There Are None Surrounding God”

Many of us wish the weeks leading up to Christmas weren’t so busy. We want to spend more time reflecting on the true meaning of the holiday.

How do you find time to focus on the story of Christ’s birth?





A New Perspective

7 10 2011

Fall is my favorite season.  The lower humidity is easier for me to tolerate with my MS (since high humidity weakens me and makes my aches more painful).  I love to take pictures of the beautiful foliage. 

In high school I was given an assignment to photograph beauty.  The challenge was to find it from different perspectives: looking closely at a blade of grass dripping with dew, looking up to the sky through trees, finding beauty in unusual lighting…

Morris Arboretum

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My walk to the bus stop was a whole new adventure.  It made me realize I had been missing beauty all around me.  Even a network of worms would be transformed into a lovely lace design (when I mentally framed it). 

That assignment not only opened my eyes to previously unseen beauty, it opened the eyes of my heart.  How much beauty do I miss in others?  What can God show me if I shift my perspective upward? 

There is so much beauty to find in others.  Oh the joy of a heavenward perspective!  There is so much to learn about God’s love.

 

  
 
 




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