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Dear parents,

We’re thrilled to partner with you by offering an online parenting class each month. We’ve taken the time to figure out REAL issues families are dealing with at the Preschool, Elementary, and Jr./Sr. High age levels and packaged some great resources in regard to those. Our hope is that these would help you on your parenting journey .

We have created an archive for previous classes, too, so you may refer back to them or check them out if you missed them.  Here are the links to the previous classes by age range:


Here are the 3 ONLINE CLASSES FOR October 2017!  I hope you will find them beneficial.

I want to remind you that I love and care about each of you. Please let me know how I help you, and how I can pray for you and our family. 

Your partner,

Sharon Guard, Director of Family Ministry   

Email:            Phone: 513-231-4172


Helping Our Kids Play Well With Others  

 PART 1:

One of the hardest things to do as parents is to see our children not behaving around other people. We all want our children to be well behaved, but how can we help our children gain good social skills?



Manners, Politeness, and Respect


As Christian parents, I’m sure one of your goals is to raise children who look different than the world—to stand out in this dark culture and behave in a way that honors God. But it’s tough! The world is a dark place, and kids are surrounded by many things that influence them otherwise. Your work is cut out for you.

We are here to help. This month’s Online Parenting Class video is about manners, politeness and respect. Let’s first focus on one of those characteristics: respect. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines respect as, “high or special regard,” or “an act of giving particular attention or consideration.” Basically, when we teach our children to respect others, we are teaching them to consider them as esteemed or important.

The apostle Paul said, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” in Philippians 2:3. The best model we have for one who respected others by valuing them more than Himself is Jesus—who went to the cross for us.

As a parent, it’s your job to teach respect to your kids when they are young. Here is a fun idea for how to help your child understand what respect “looks” like. Create a chart titled “What Respect Looks Like.” Divide it up into two columns, and then break the columns up into four rows. Label each box in the first column: in the classroom, on the playground, at home, and in my community.

Then, brainstorm what respect looks like for each of those places. Here are some examples:

In the classroom – Sitting still, raising my hand before speaking, following rules, being nice, listening to the teacher and other students, cleaning up after myself

On the playground – Being helpful, playing fair, playing by the rules, not being a bully, being aware of the little ones, listening to the playground monitor

At home – Listening to my parents or family members who are older, doing chores, keeping my room clean, taking care of my pets, obeying my parents, talking quietly

In my community – Not littering, obeying authority, keeping the front yard clean, saying hello to neighbors, thanking policemen and firemen

This is just one of many ways to teach respect. When you witness your child respecting you and others, make sure to acknowledge that you took notice. It will build them up and reinforce what respect “looks” like.

I’m praying for you and trusting God is meeting you each day as you strive to “train up [your] child in the way he should go” (Psalm 22:6). Press on!



Helping Your Teen Deal with Stress


Our topic in this month’s Online Parenting Class is helping your teen deal with stress. We talk about how pre-teen and teenage years are filled with high levels of emotion, and when combined with the pressure of school, can lead to overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety. We are here to assist you in helping you physically, emotionally, and spiritually deal with stress—with the right tools during their teenage years, they will be equipped to deal with stress in college and later in life.

One important necessity in dealing with stress is talking about it—though that’s easier said than done. But by keeping the lines of communication open, your pre-teen or teen will be much more likely to open up to you when he or she is feeling overwhelmed. If your pre-teen or teen is not much of a talker, try to set aside one day each week to spend with your teen. Take them out to breakfast before school, or frozen yogurt after school, or go for a walk. It doesn’t have to be much. During this time avoid speech designed to improve him or her, but instead really listen to what he or she has to share.

Let your teen know you value their perspective and opinion, and make sure to affirm them through positive speech. Though your pre-teen or teen still may not talk a whole lot, that’s okay. If you can make this a consistent “date” with your teen, creating a safe harbor for them they know they can run to when stressed, they will open up over time.

Don’t ignore signs that your child may be struggling and experiencing unhealthy stress levels. Irritability, anger, extreme worry, sleeping issues or odd eating patterns are indicators of stress in teens. Pay attention to your teen’s behavior, and if you are concerned, consider enlisting help.

Ultimately, the best remedy for stress is trusting God. When your teen is exhibiting signs of stress, lovingly share with them that even people who believe in God will experience stress. King David was afraid at times, stating “terror is on every side” in Psalm 31:13. He was overwhelmed with sorrow and grief. Paul wrote that the remedy for affliction, worry, and stress was to trust God who promises never to leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), and to deliver us from our enemies (2 Corinthians 1:10).

Thanks for participating in this Online Parenting Class! I hope you benefit from the tips and tools offered here.

Please check out this week’s online parenting class: