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8 Ways to Build Your Child's Self-Esteem

by Jun Amparo

Have you ever come across a child with alarmingly low self-esteem?

Some signs that your child may suffer from poor self-image are if he/she practices negative self-talk, is unable to accept compliments, has problems with their peers, or demonstrates poor academic performance. Low self-esteem may also manifest itself when a child is unwilling to try new things or gives up easily.

As parents, you need to be aware that feelings of inferiority and incompetence also surface as a result of poor self-esteem.
On the flip side, children who have positive self-esteem are more likely to feel valued, competent and develop into happy, productive people. However, it's not so easy to raise a confident child. To boost your child's self-image, consider these eight important tips.

GettyImages-1031384160-300x200.jpgStop comparing your child with others
Comparison is a common approach used by most parents in order to motivate their children. Yet, comparing your child with their siblings, friends or relatives will do more harm than good.
Negative messages such as "At your age, Justin can already solve fractions and play piano than you." can be extremely damaging to a young person's psyche. Furthermore, comparing a child to another can cause unhealthy competition or rivalry among siblings.

Let your child take healthy risks
Children with high self-esteem are willing to try new things without fear of failure. However, most parents will freak out if a child climbs too high on the playground. While none of us would ever wish for our child to be hurt, a little dosage of risk is essential to build your child's self-esteem. Encourage your children to take chances, make smart choices and assume responsibility.

Ensure your child measures self-worth appropriately
It's unfortunate that even children tend to determine self-worth because of their economic situation. Unlike children who came from affluent families, children who come from poor backgrounds may not be able to afford certain privileges such as toys and school excursions. Consequently, your child may then begin displaying feelings of inadequacy and lack of self-confidence. Therefore, it's important to encourage your child to achieve his or her fullest potential, despite their lack of resources.

Have a dialogue with your child
Talk with your child regularly. You can discuss his or her performance at school, friends and anything else that may interest him. A quality conversation with your child is a great opportunity to explore what's on your child's mind. Whether it's grabbing a bite to eat or taking a bike ride, try to schedule some alone time with your child at least once a week. Most importantly, encourage your child's curiosity and treat him with respect.

Don't be afraid to let your child make mistakes
Instead of scolding and criticizing your child, teach him/her that mistakes are learning experiences. The way you react to your child's mistakes and disappointments colors the way he or she will react. When your child embraces the belief that there is no room for error, he or she will be reluctant to try to explore new things.

Because every child learns at a different pace, set reasonable expectations so your child will not be afraid of making mistakes. Also, encourage your child's interests and talents—this allows your child to ascertain his or her individual skills, demonstrating that they are indeed capable of achieving success.

Let your child help around the house
Building self-esteem goes beyond getting good grades and excelling in music and arts, but also has a lot to do with developing a sense of responsibility. Our role as parents is to teach children about helping one another so they will be productive in the real world. In building self-esteem, your child might also need opportunities to demonstrate his/her competence and feel that their contribution is valuable.

Proper training must begin at home. Ask your child to assist with simple tasks around the house like cooking, washing the dishes, doing laundry, setting the table and making beds. Doing household chores may help your child feel that he or she is an important member of the family.

Positive self-esteem is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. If parents desire to teach their children self-esteem, continual encouragement is required in order to help him/her achieve a healthy emotional well-being.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." – (Proverbs 22:6)


To all teachers

by Geoge Nchindo -

Dear teachers 

Good evening colleagues, I appreciate the work you are doing. One area to improve is to add a syllabus on your subject page for parents to follow well. Also, write competences to the lesson plan for parents and everyone to follow your progress. I hope you will find this to be in order.

God bless you

Principal

Devotion Time

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“Always Open”

By Randy Maxwell

A few Sundays back, Suzette and I were tired of being cooped up in the house so we decided to drive down to The Landing—an outdoor shopping plaza in Renton, Washington, where we live, with stores, restaurants, services, and a multi-screen movie theater.

The eyeglass store I intended to visit had a sign on the door saying that, due to COVID-19, they were closed until further notice. But that wasn’t the only one. I drove around to the Ross store—closed. Dick’s Sporting Goods—closed. Marshall’s—closed. World Market—closed. The parking lot was a ghost town. The invisible virus was demonstrating its power to make cars and shoppers disappear.

Just a few days earlier, Governor Jay Inslee had issued a stay-at-home order that essentially closed down the entire state of Washington. So it is under this order that I’m writing this devotional. That’s why I appreciate an encounter Jesus had with a doubting truth-seeker named Nathanael.

Jesus was heading to Galilee. On the way, he asked Philip to follow him. Philip then went to find his friend, Nathanael, and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:45

The mention of Nazareth invoked the same reaction in Nathanael that people have today at the mention of coronavirus—it closed things down. “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. We might ask, can anything good come from this coronavirus? From the inconvenience and disruption of social distancing? From the inability of congregations to assemble in their houses of worship? But sometimes good things come from bad places or experiences.

To Nathanael’s credit, he responded to Philip’s invitation to “come and see” and went with him. Jesus saw Nathanael approaching and said, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” John 1:48 Instantly, faith opened Nathanael’s closed mind and he confessed: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” (vs. 49)

“Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.’ He then added, ‘I tell you the truth you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (vs. 50-51)

At Jesus’ baptism, “heaven was opened,” and God anointed and verbally blessed His Son. (See Matt. 3:16-17.) “Here Christ virtually says, ‘On the bank of the Jordan the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended like a dove upon Me. That scene was but a token that I am the Son of God. If you believe on Me as such, your faith shall be quickened. You shall see that the heavens are opened and are never to be closed. I have opened them to you. The angels of God are ascending, bearing the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and descending, bring blessing and hope, courage, help, and life, to the children of men.’” (Desire of Ages, p. 142, 143)

Hallelujah! Heaven is open! Heaven is always open, and nothing—not prejudice, or doubt, or COVID-19, or stay-at-home orders, or demons, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can shut its doors. (See Rom. 8:39.) And what does it mean for heaven to be open? It means, you and I have full and complete access to everything that’s there, and the “shelves” are always stocked with everything we need.

What is in stock in heaven?

Everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).

The fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23).

The full armor of God (Eph. 6:14-17).

Exceeding great and precious promises (2 Pet.1:4).

New birth into a living hope (1Pet. 1:3-5).

The mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).

Every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3).

Heaven is open and Jesus has given us the keys to the kingdom (Matt. 16:19). That key is prayer. The angels are heaven’s “Amazon” delivery agents, bearing our prayers up to the Father and descending, bringing the blessings we need most—hope, courage, help, and life to us.

The Landing may be closed, basketball may be closed, hockey may be closed, restaurants may be closed, even our churches may be temporarily closed, but Heaven is always open. So don’t be afraid. Jesus says, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” John 14:14. Therefore, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” Ps. 81:10

This Coronavirus can’t stop God. Pray as never before, because Heaven is always open.

Randy Maxwell is the pastor of the Renton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Renton, Washington, where he lives with his wife, Suzette. He’s the author of “If My People Pray” and “Bootcamp for the Last Days.”

HEART QUESTIONS: Have your spiritual shelves gotten a little bare in some areas due to the busyness and hurry of life the last few years? Perhaps there are some heavenly supplies and graces that you need to stock up on? Furthermore, if you could ask for any spiritual gift, for victory in any specific area, or for some other spiritual blessing, what would you ask for? Think about these questions for a few minutes.

ACTIVE HEART CHALLENGE: Why don’t you take time to write down the things you feel in need of this week—then look up specific Bible promises where God tells us that He will supply that specific need. Whether it’s money to pay the bills, or strength in an area where you’ve been spiritually weak, start actively claiming the promises of God when you pray.

“You need not go to the ends of the earth for wisdom, for God is near. It is not the capabilities you now possess or ever will have that will give you success. It is that which the Lord can do for you. We need to have far less confidence in what man can do and far more confidence in what God can do for every believing soul. He longs to have you reach after Him by faith. He longs to have you expect great things from Him.” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 146)


Whatsapp feedback

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Good Morning parents

We sat and discussed your comments and suggestions. Therefore, we came to the following resolutions:
1. *Junior Primary* : It was discussed and agreed that only two subjects will be taught on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to give little ones to learning.
*Senior Primary*: All six subjects in all grades will be taught on Mondays, and Thursdays with a period of 72 hours to complete given work. We have extended the learning period
2. Discount: discussed and agreed that there will be no discount given to parents because of the financial situation of the school.
3. All subjects that were not through are now open in the exception of Grade R and Grade 3 which will be resolved soon.
4. Due to the regulations put by the state, we will not be able to provide hard or printed material. Kindly follow the videos uploaded on how to access the system and all inquiries should be done through class teachers or subject teachers.
5. Learners that left books at school may collect today morning.
6.Computer Lessons: The learners were following a set of competencies during computer lessons and when it was time to move to access internet the lockdown was imposed upon us.

Regards
MAPPS Principal

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Filled by the Word
 
One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple
.” Ps. 27:4
 
“I have a risen Saviour. In Him I trust, and He will never suffer me to be confounded. In His name I triumph. He is my righteousness and my crown of rejoicing. Let no one here feel that his case is hopeless, for it is not. You may see that you are sinful and undone, but it is just on this account that you need a Saviour. If you have sins to confess, lose no time. These moments are golden. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled, for Jesus has promised it. Precious Saviour! His arms are open to receive us, and His great heart of love is waiting to bless us.” Counsels for the Church,p. 48
 
Heart Questions:
What do you long for most? What is your deepest heart cry? Perhaps you haven’t thought about this recently. Perhaps you are just trying to survive. Or perhaps you think about it all the time. Take a few moments today to think about where you find your greatest joy and your greatest fulfillment. As you do, reflect on Psalm 27:4, and ask the Lord to give you a heart that truly hungers to be in His presence.
 
 

Devotion

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Guided by the Word
 
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Michah 6:8
 
“We are living in the most solemn period of this world’s history. The destiny of earth’s teeming multitudes is about to be decided. Our own future well-being and also the salvation of other souls depend upon the course which we now pursue. We need to be guided by the Spirit of truth. Every follower of Christ should earnestly inquire: “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” We need to humble ourselves before the Lord, with fasting and prayer, and to meditate much upon His Word, especially upon the scenes of the judgment. We should now seek a deep and living experience in the things of God. We have not a moment to lose. Events of vital importance are taking place around us; we are on Satan’s enchanted ground. Sleep not, sentinels of God; the foe is lurking near, ready at any moment, should you become lax and drowsy, to spring upon you and make you his prey.” The Call to Stand Apart, p. 69
 
Heart Questions:
When you are facing a challenging decision, where do you turn for wisdom and counsel? Of course, we are told that in a multitude of counselors there is safety (see Prov. 11:14). But beyond the wisdom of our loved ones or those we respect, what principles do we find in God’s Word for how to make decisions?
(See Prov. 3:5,6, Prov. 14:12, Matt. 6:33, Jer. 33:3)

Pray for us all.

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