children pray the outcome is often honest and innocently funny. Take a look
below at the instances I came across that occurred when children pray.
been misbehaving and was sent to his room. After a while he emerged and
informed his mother that he had thought it over and then said a prayer. “Fine”
said the pleased mother. “If you ask God to help you not misbehave, he will.” “Oh,
I didn’t ask Him to help me not misbehave,” said Johnny. I asked Him to help
you put up with me.”
A mother was
teaching her three-year-old the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime
she repeated it after her mother. One night she said she was ready to go solo.
The mother listened with pride as she enunciated each word, right up to the end
of the prayer. “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some
Johnny was softly saying his night prayers kneeling down. And his mother was
beside him. “Say your prayers a little louder darling, I can’t hear you, said
little Johnny’s mother. “But, I’m not talking to you,” was the instant reply.
A little boy
was overheard praying: “Lord if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry
about it. I’m having a real good time just the way I am.”
particular four-year-old prayed: “And forgive us our trash baskets, as we
forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”
noticed that people are constantly taking photos on their phones? Well, I fit
into that category too. So much so that the other day I saw someone taking a
photo with a digital camera and my first thought was, I remember those. My teens often ask, “Ma, why do you have to take
so many pictures?”
One of them
discovered the answer. As we were downloading photos from my phone to another
location, my oldest son took out an old photo album. With a chuckle in his
throat he said, “Look at me, what was up with my hair?” Then he said, “Look at
Granny! I don’t remember that.” Not only did my son stumble across old photos,
but he found video that he and his brighter created.
As my son
and I scrolled though photographs and reflected on past memories, we also spent
time talking. My son posed a question, “Ma, you know how people say…’how do you
know where you’re going, if you don’t know where you come from?’ How do you
figure that out?”
just as we’re doing now…reflecting.”
more about family history – the traditions during the time my great grandmother
grew up; the fact that my grandfather was a boxer when he was in the military
during World War II and why certain foods are considered soul food.
Below is a
snippet of what my son and I found on our journey of reflecting.
What my son discovered is that our gene pool can be a little silly at times.
you to spend a little time reflecting with your child, you will be surprised
how much there is yet to be discovered.
No more backpacks, no more books, no more moms’ dirty looks.
This is the end of the school year chant for my son. The excitement of summer
is in the air as well as his approaching senior year of high school. How does a
parent plan for her child’s senior year of high school?
You can’t lose by starting a college fund when your child is
still a toddler, but it’s not too late. Now that you’re in the final stretch…what
do you do? My son has already told me that he want to do things BIG. He wants go
out to dinner after graduation, have open house, give a speech that he has not
been asked to give, and the list goes on.
A special request from my son is that I run to the stage
when his name is called. I assured him that I will not have to run. I will
already be on the stage, doing back flips, dancing and shouting and any other
acrobatic move I can come up with. In addition to that we will have our church
nurses on standby with fans and tissues.
Real tips for planning for your teen’s senior year.
1.Determine what you want to accomplish for your
child’s senior year – will you purchase senior pictures, how much do you want to
spend? Will you have an open house? Where (reserve it early).
2.Set a budget – save a set amount from each
paycheck (make it realistic).
3.Create a calendar of events just for senior
happenings – list when things are due, e.g. senior dues, Homecoming, prom,
yearbook purchase, etc.
4.Completing college applications/scholarships –
start NOW if you haven’t already. Ask your child for a list of colleges he/she
would like to attend. Budget for the costs associated with submitting college
applications. Check with your child’s school counselor regarding having fees
waived if your child receives free or reduced lunch.
5.Check for outstanding fees due at school – as I
stood in line to register my older son for school for one year, we were told he
owed $80 for a missing book. My son looked at me with a blank stare. I looked
back at him and said, “There goes your new pair of shoes.” After my frustration
subsided…a year later, I was glad we found out before graduation day.
6.Take a few deep breaths and enjoy every moment.
Are you ready for senior year? What tips would you suggest
in preparation for a teen’s senior year of high school?
circumstance echoed throughout the room as rows and rows of high school students
filed in and took their place. I could not distinguish my niece from the others
in the sea of white caps, so I waved to everyone… and no one in particular.
the beginning of graduation season for my family. So far we have received six
invites to graduations or graduation open houses. How do you navigate through
this season of celebration?
parent (aunt, grandparent, cousin or other relative), we eventually experience
the excitement of a graduation. Along the way to this “big day” for your child,
you can learn a thing or two from others. When my oldest son graduated, we
attended open houses of some of his friends and I made mental notes of things
we could do. No need to reinvent the wheel, right?
Here’s how I
navigate through graduation season:
congratulation cards to the graduates – you may not be able to attend every
celebration you receive an invite to. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it and
don’t stress out trying to get there. A nice card lets them know that you are
thinking about them.
ideas for your celebration – the day will come that you have to plan a
celebration of your own. Make a note of the ideas that you’ve seen and liked;
add your own creativity to the same idea.
it a fun time – take photos…silly photos, playful photos, anything that creates
a lasting memory.
planning a graduation celebration of your own, check out the snack ideas I came
across (see below).
My teen son
came home from school with a small stack of papers that he pushed into my
“Here you go, Ma.”
this?” I asked.
schedule for the upcoming season.”
There were four
or five pages filled front and back with information. There was a calendar for
each of the next three months, a list of football camps over the summer and a
list of meetings and fees.
No it wasn’t
overwhelming…said no one ever.
several deep breaths and rubbing my temples with my fingertips, I was ready to
digest football season and all it had in store. My pre-season jitters began to
subside and I created ways to manage the stress in planning for the season.
Here they are:
1.Look at the big picture and break it
into manageable tasks – identify which items need to be taken care of first; complete
health forms, schedule physical.
2.Establish a budget plan – are there
player fees, equipment to be purchased, and other expenses? – My son told me
the other day that he needs new cleats. My first questions was, “How much do
they cost? Are they about $50?”
My son’s reaction was hearty laugh, then he said, “Ma, you can probably
get one cleat for that amount and some laces.”
He told me I would need double the amount I suggested. For that amount I
told him I needed him to finish building the fence in the backyard, clean the
basement and complete a few other back burner projects.
3.Ask for help – you don’t have to do
everything yourself, its okay to ask for help if it’s needed. Family and
friends can help with transportation to practices/games and camps; turn it into
an outing. Sometimes my mom will travel to an away game with me, we’ll munch
popcorn, chat and even watch most of the game.
child involved in an extracurricular activity? How do you prepare for his/her
series of events?
Doughnut Day is about more than just consuming a tasty sweet treat. This day,
celebrated the first Friday in June, also honors the Salvation Army “Lassies”.
These were the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
“lassies were set to the front lines of Europe and the original Salvation Army
Doughnut was served. Often doughnuts were cooked “in oil inside the metal
helmets of American soldiers” (National Day Calendars).