Rob Miller spoke with parents about their role in supporting their child throughout the athletic process. He suggested that athletics is probably the safest place to release kids. He provided signs for parents to determine whether or not they are releasing their kids to the game. Following are six red flags to identify parents who have not released their child to the game:
1. The parent takes credit for the success of their child. Eg. "We really shut them down tonight"
2. The parent does not allow their child to have a problem of their own.
3. The parent takes notes and stats at the game.
4. The parent is more nervous than their child at the activity. Eg. (Swimmer Michael Phelps mom never watched Michael compete live because she was too nervous.)
5. It takes longer for the parent to recover from the loss than the child.
6. The child avoids his or her parents following a game.
Some of the red flags identified may seem less harmful than others. Remember that these are just indicators, not hard and fast rules.
This past Saturday we had a guest speaker, Rob Miller, talk to coaches and teachers, athletes, and parents about their role in athletics. As part of the parent session, Rob shared these concepts to help parents support their kids before, during, and after an athletic competition. Here are his suggestions:
Before the Event
Know their goals, roles, and needs and accept them.
Release them to the game, their coach, and the team.
It may seem odd to advocate for Christian education to a group who have already chosen Christian education; however, you are a very important audience to share this with since parents are our best source of advertising. While there are many reasons to choose Christian education, and in particular, CMCS, I'd like to share five reasons why Christian education is the right choice. I hope that as partners in this grand adventure, that you would share this with those who are considering CMCS or Christian education in general.
1. God is clear about His expectation for training our children. Proverbs 22:6 presents parents with a clear command, "Train up a child in the way he should go..." What your children are taught in school should be a direct extension of your beliefs as parents. The teachers under whom your children are taught should be the kind of teachers you would personally hire if your children were being educated in your home. CMCS understands how important it is to partner with parents and the church to guide young lives for Christ.
2. CMCS is right for your child because we have not cut ourselves off from the most important book in the world--the Bible. Without the Bible, education is greatly diminished and without foundation. Standards for right living must be taken from Scripture alone. As Theodore Roosevelt stated, "To train a man in mind and not in morals is to train a menace to society."
3. CMCS educators teach all subject matter from a Biblical worldview. The Word of God is at the center of the curriculum, and the teachers ask students to evaluate all they see in the world through the eyeglasses of scripture.
Paul Kienel, executive director of the Association of Christian Schools International, stated it this way, "The secular vs. Christian school issue is really a question of whether a child will learn to view life from man's perspective or God's perspective. From man's viewpoint, history is purposeless; from God's viewpoint, history has meaning. From man's viewpoint, science is the laws of "nature" at work; from God's viewpoint, science is the outworking of His laws."
4. CMCS supports families. We train students to respect their parents and grandparents. Our teachers agree with Noah Webster, who said, "All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society."
5. Students become stronger Christians by being taught Christian thinking, not the other way around. If we truly believe that our children are gifts of the Lord, then we are responsible to train them according to His Word not only at home and in church, but in school as well. Your children are in school for at least seven hours a day, which, in many cases, is more time than they spend with you as parents. That time is spent supporting what you are teaching at home.
As our partners in Christian education, I ask that you actively promote CMCS, or if you live in another area, promote the Christian school near you. Together we can impact our world for Christ!