03 February 2019
I have been doing some reading on what builds self-confidence and self-esteem in children and adolescents. The research overwhelmingly suggests that children who have a outward-looking focus on life (not so self-centered) are the most confident and are better equipped to handle peer pressure in a positive way.
Here are some ideas on how to get your child to see themselves a part of something larger, not the center of the universe!
- Get involved in a church to serve in Christ’s name.
- Read age-appropriate books that feature characters who have to overcome something challenging.
- Join an activist group that fights for something your child is passionate about (the Octoraro Watershed has a group that sponsors stream clean-up, the local animal shelter would be a great place for pet lovers, Eli Matthews Foundation is always ready to give people jobs to help out).
- Visit a museum or historical site so your child can experience life before our modern conveniences.
- Get outside and experience nature (see the book Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv).
- Join 4-H, Scouts, FFA or other groups that encourage young people to work toward a common goal.
- Weed out toys, games, clothes to donate to those in need.
- Serve the homeless at the Paris Foundation or at a food bank.
- Volunteer to help a neighbor with snow shoveling, raking, mulching, or other household task.
- Make cards or care packages for those in nursing homes or soldiers.
There are many ways to give children a sense of the vastness of God’s world. I firmly believe that knowing that God, the maker of the universe, knows me and loves me is a comforting storehouse for confidence and emotional strength. Blessings on your month!
We served a delicious meal of chicken pot pie to our guests at the Cecil County Winter Rotating Shelter on Thursday, January 17. The Shelter was held at Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to see that we are all connected through Christ’s love!
SPREAD THE LOVE
Beginning Thursday, January 31st, we will be collecting peanut butter and jelly to donate to Philabundance to help our neighbors in need. Mrs. Ramsland’s 5th grade class will be running this service project. Please donate and designate which class you wish your donation to go to….the classes are competing for most jars donated. Please, no glass jars!
Upcoming school and/or local Events:
1/31-2/15 Spread the Love Campaign
2/1 Street Lamp Productions Alice in Wonderland practice begins
2/5 Basketball away at Harford Christian (girls play at 4, boys play at 5:15)
2/11 Basketball home vs. Providence Christian (girls play at 4, boys play at 5:15)—LAST HOME GAME
2/18 No school President’s Day Holiday
2/22 Progress Reports issued for grades 3-8
Are you looking for an antidote to apathy? BCS students care—about their schoolwork, about their classmates and teachers, about their future. It is never too early or too late to enroll your student into BCS. Please call Kelly Cudicio at (610) 998-0877 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we are educating minds and transforming hearts!
Please thank God for all of His blessings and continue to pray that His will be done.
Stacey and Daisey, Administrative Team