"Trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding..." - Proverbs 3:5
Making decisions about your children’s schooling will begin at a young age and persist as they enter adulthood. You have to decide where they attend pre-school, daycare, primary school, and the list goes on and on into college. At some point, most parents will weigh their options and consider whether public or private education is the best choice for their family. Unfortunately, too many families buy into the mythology around private schools and are discouraged from learning more.
Over the last several years there has been a movement of people promoting minimalism as a way to cut down on clutter, save money, reduce anxiety, and more. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence of the positive effects of minimalism on individuals and families. Some are even tempted to turn this technique toward the technology in their lives regain some free time and set a better example for their children.
Reading is critically important in a child’s education. Your child’s ability to read on grade level will determine how they can perform in their other academic subjects, how quickly they advance in school, and what their future can hold for them. And while there are some children with diagnosed reading disabilities, even more students are underexposed to reading and thus don’t grow as quickly as they could.
Once you’ve done your research and decided to enroll your children in private school rather than the public school alternative, there are some decisions you’ll need to weigh about which school is the right fit for your family.
There are a lot of important discussions that go into choosing which school your child will attend. For many families the choice is not just about school, but about finding the right community to fit their children’s needs. This often begs the question, “do we want a public or private education for our kids?” Any number of factors can impact parents decision on this matter, but we find that some of the same issues keep popping up each year.
It’s easier than ever to look around and be bombarded with the perfect families in your community that seem to swing through life with ease. The pressure to raise intelligent, well-adjusted, successful children can weigh greatly on families and steal their joy.
We’ve all heard the phrase helicopter parenting. It’s an unflattering term that describes the innate desire in us as parents to provide the best opportunities for our children. While that desire comes from a great place, it isn’t always the best tool to set your children up for success.
So, you’re about to send your child off to kindergarten. We understand this is a huge moment for you, and the first big step in their formal education. You’ve already decided that private school is the right option for your family, and you’ve probably already selected a school, but how do you know what to look for in a kindergarten teacher?
It is impossible to escape the fact that people come in all kinds of different styles, temperaments, and ability levels. You see this on display at your office, in your family, and within other organizations that you belong. So why is it that we would expect children to be any different?
It’s a stressful world out there, and these days more than ever there is so much pressure on parents to raise the perfect kids, have the perfect job and keep a perfect home all the while keeping a relaxed smile on your face. And while there isn’t much we can do about pressures coming from the outside, we can work to create a relaxed and low-stress environment in our lives and in our homes. If all of this seems too overwhelming to you, here are some parenting tips that might help you.
St. Barnabas Episcopal School is an accredited private school located in DeLand, Florida.