Happy New Year from all of us at Foundations Christian School!
We hope your family has been enjoying Christmas break! A new year is always exciting, and now is the perfect time to talk with your kids about new year’s resolutions.
At FCS, Jesus is the focus of everything we do. Let’s talk about some new year’s resolutions you could implement as we head into 2023.
1. Start Your Day in Prayer
It can be challenging to remember to start your day together in prayer. But this is one habit that will serve your kids well if you can implement it when they’re young.
It’s helpful if you can get everyone together around the table for breakfast. That’s often a feat in itself! But once you’ve eaten breakfast, prioritize joining hands and coming before God in prayer. You may even want to assign one person to be the designated pray-er for each day.
2. Develop a Daily Bible-Reading Habit
Technology has made it easier than ever for all of us to access the Bible, no matter where we are. If your kids have tablets or cell phones, have them download the Bible App for Kids (by YouVersion). There are many other app options available too, and many of them are excellent.
You may even want to consider reading the Bible together as a family. This can be a great after-dinner activity, but you can also read some verses together before your morning prayer time.
As your kids for their thoughts on this one. They’re more likely to want to participate when they have a part in the planning process.
3. Love Others as Jesus Did
In John 13:35, Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” In everything Jesus taught, love was the theme.
Loving one another is challenging for kids, and - let’s face it - it can be hard for us adults too. We’re called to not only love the people who love us, but to also love our enemies.
Sit down with your kids and brainstorm some ways you can show love to others this year. Maybe you decide to “adopt” a widow in your church and bring her a weekly meal, or perhaps you make a plan to identify a single mom in a grocery store once a month and pay for her groceries.
Be creative with this one! Your kids will love how much fun it is to love others.
4. Be a Blessing to Each Other
Sometimes it’s easier to be a blessing to those outside your family than it is to be a blessing to your family members themselves.
Kids struggle with this one. Brothers and sisters love to get on each other’s nerves, so this is a resolution you may want to implement just to help them get along.
Challenge your kids to look for ways to be a blessing to each other. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to do something kind and it creates a snowball effect of kindness. For instance, if your son decides to take over dishwashing duties for your daughter, maybe your daughter will decide to take the trash out for your son.
Everyone wins and your kids learn to honor God by honoring each other.
5. Remember to Give Thanks
It’s so easy to take what we have for granted, and this is something we’re all guilty of from time to time.
This new year, why not focus your family’s attention on having a thankful attitude? You can do this by reminding them to thank God when something good happens, like when a friend blesses them with a special gift, or when they do well on a test in a subject they struggle with.
And the most important part of this is to model thankfulness yourself!
Happy New Year From Foundations Christian School!
We’re confident that 2023 is going to be our best year yet!
We’re so thankful for our families and wish you the very best for the year ahead!
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