At Arma Dei Academy we desire to partner with parents to raise resilient children who are confident and competent leaders. One of my top priorities this year is to ensure we cultivate a culture among students and families that is countercultural to society. My prayer is that together we strive to raise sturdy children – ones who are empowered through TRUTH.

At Arma Dei Academy we desire to partner with parents to raise resilient children who are confident and competent leaders. One of my top priorities this year is to ensure we cultivate a culture among students and families that is countercultural to society. My prayer is that together we strive to raise sturdy children – ones who are empowered through TRUTH.

Titus 2:11-13 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,”…These, then, are the things you should teach.

Below are some healthy habits that are countercultural and support what is being taught daily at Arma Dei Academy:

  1. Eat dinner together – Get creative, make it a priority to share a family meal daily.

2. Play outside – Encourage your children to develop their imagination, let them climb, explore, and get dirty.

3. LIMIT screen-time – Ask yourself, “Who is benefitting from the screen-time? My child or me?”

4. Do not start video games – The research is compelling. Educate yourself before allowing screens to invade your home. It’s not too late to make changes and it doesn’t matter that “everyone is doing it.” Click here to learn more about this topic.

5. Read as a family – every night.

6. Start chores early – Even when it is harder for you, it is better for them.

7. Ask the right questions – Ask questions that require your children to share how they helped to serve others. Refrain from questions that probe about the negative. Good questions include: What was the kindest thing you did for someone today? Who did you invite to join the group during lunch, recess, etc.?

8. Foster Emotional Maturity – Allow your children to be sad, lonely, disappointed, and frustrated. Children cannot grow and mature without learning how to navigate these normal emotions. It is good to allow your children to learn how to be uncomfortable.

9. Converse early and often – Talk about the ‘why’ – why we limit screen time, why we play outside instead, etc. Believe it or not, your children are soaking it all in and you are building a mindset early.

10. Pray Together – Most importantly, please pray together.

At Arma Dei Academy, we love your children and want to partner with you in the daunting task of raising children in 2019. Join us in building healthy habits at home.

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