Idolatry-Discerning: Time Management
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
God has given us many gifts. Time is one of those gifts. As children grow, they make choices about managing their time, and parents and teachers need to work together to teach the skills of time management.
- Multi-tasking is a myth: You get more done by focusing on one task at a time.
- For homework, create a study environment that promotes focus and supervise the mobile devices in your home. Be present in the same room.
- To effectively manage time, it’s important to have the right tools at hand. These include agendas, clocks, and calendars. Young teens can learn to use the time management apps on their phone.
- Make use of a family calendar that records your child’s school work due dates, tests and events as well as fun activities.
- Self-control is a fruit of the spirit. Help kids improve self-control by giving them the responsibility of managing parts of assignments. Let kids fail, and use it as a learning tool. Role-modelling self-control also helps.
- Make sure appropriate amounts of sleep and exercise are part of their 24 hour routine.
- Help them lighten their load by emptying out their backpack and binders of old papers which will keep them organized.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. According to Liz, from what planet do bad monsters come?
A. They come from the planet Xenon.
Q. What is the name of the character in the book series that Morrie is reading?
A. The character’s name is Little John.
Q. What chore did Liz not do?
A. He didn’t take out the trash.
Q. In what kind of vehicle does Liz get a ride?
A. He rides in a garbage truck.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Explain how this verse connects to my activities eg) my book reading, my team sports, my television watching.
In all that we do in a day, we must first connect our service to God to the activities that we do. That might mean having more balance in our activities. It might mean to discern whether what we are doing is praising God or not. It might mean to stop doing certain and activities and start new ones.