What is on Your Mind?

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I was about to write a note this week about fasting and school meals during Lent. I thought this would be a good topic given the issues parents might encounter in dealing with children who fast for Lent and how that impacts such things as what they eat at school. I realize I could be making assumptions about what parents … Read More

“Autowhat?”

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As many of you know by now, this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Orthodox Church in America receiving its Autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church. The word autocephalous literally means “self-headed.” The Orthodox Church in America is no longer overseen by another autocephalous church overseas. We elect and ordain our own Primate and bishops, and we have our … Read More

Good Attitudes Towards Good Grades

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What can families do to promote good attitudes towards good grades? First and most important is for families to foster a Christ-centered spiritual life in the home. This would mean a commitment to live by the Beatitudes of Christ as taught on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapters 5 to 7. This is more important than academic knowledge. … Read More

Getting Good Grades

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I remember as a child my dad telling me that what mattered to him on my report card was getting a good grade in citizenship. That was more important to him than all my other grades. I don’t know if that is true in other families, but it does raise the question: How important is it to get good grades … Read More

Preparing Kids for Being Away from Home Part 4/ Mom and Dad can I have the Car or will you buy me one?

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Use of the family car marks another area in life involving separation of older children from their parents. The issue of the car can involve many scenarios: Using it for an evening out with friends, or to drive to work. Taking a trip away from home for an overnight or longer. This may involve out of state travel. Older children … Read More

Preparing Kids for Being Away from Home

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There are various points in life when a child deals with being away from home. There is the first day of Pre-school or Kindergarten if you do not home school. There is the first time going to camp and being away for a week. There is a teenager’s first unsupervised drive away from home for an out-of-state visit. Finally, there … Read More