Category Archives: Teaching

Bullying – What Causes Children to Be So Mean

Bullying - It's wrong. Speak up if you see it happening!
Bullying – It’s wrong. Speak up if you see it happening!

The topic of bullying is so sad.  I can remember dealing with a certain bully when I was in elementary school.  Almost everyday I’d see her in the hallways and she’d make it a point to walk by and bump me.  One day I became so fed up, I bumped her back and yelled at her.  Well, why’d I do that!? It only gave her an excuse to get in my face, which is exactly what she was hoping for – she wanted any excuse to get into a fight with me.  Needless to say, I walked away and didn’t provoke her.  I often wonder today if I were to run into her.  I’d definitely ask her why? Continue reading Bullying – What Causes Children to Be So Mean

Life Lessons – We are all connected…

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So…I’m sitting here watching a wonderful Disney classic – “Pocahontas” for around the 5th or 6th time.

As I watch [many wonderful memories come to mind] priceless memories, of the times I’ve viewed this movie and so many other Disney Classics with my child so many years ago…

What beautiful words – Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain? Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Many, many valuable lessons are taught within this wonderful film – Listen with your heart, you will understand. ~ Grandmother Willow

What a beautiful reminder for us all – to re-examine our views of one another and of every living thing…after all, we are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends. ~ Pocahontas ♡

Have you seen this movie?  I’d love to know which is your favorite part, or lyric.

As always, until next time ~

D. Linn Whorley

The True Meaning of Christmas

The Reason for the Season
The Reason for the Season

For centuries there has always been speculation concerning the true story of the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but the historical record of His birth can be found well documented in the book of Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20

Jesus was undoubtedly unlike any other baby existing on earth.

He was born on purpose with a specific purpose on a beautiful night in Bethlehem.  A child who was not born the son of a human father and mother – He already had a heavenly preexistence (John 1: 1-3, 14). Continue reading The True Meaning of Christmas

Teaching your Child to Be a Giver

Give me this! Give me that! I want this! I want that! This is what most kids will say this time of year. However, Jesus and giving is the Reason for the Season!

During this time of year, it is easy for kids to become accustom to receiving, but the Holiday Season can also provide an excellent opportunity for you to introduce your child to the priceless rewards that come along with being a giver.

Let’s just say that teaching your child to become a giver is one of the best gifts you can give them and it is a gift that will assuredly keep on giving.

Below are traits of the true giver, which you can instill in your child to help them value gift giving:

Give with Grace –

“Grace” is the ultimate gift; it is selfless, something that is given freely, and not earned – it has no ulterior motive.

Grace is at the heart of every true gift. Without it, even the most expensive of gifts becomes cold and heartless.

It is impossible to give with grace if you’re thinking of yourself first! Or if your gift comes with strings, or sends a mixed signals to the recipient.  Suffice it to say that there’s no grace in the coerced gift.  One that is given reluctantly because it expected…

Give year-round –

It is so important to bring the idea of giving into our lives all year round, as it (giving) shouldn’t end after the Holiday Season ends.

Does your child see you give to charities the needy during the rest of the year?  If not, think about the type of message that are you sending them. It could be that giving and the need for giving is only reserved for Christmas.

Give in secret –

The Bible says to make sure your right hand doesn’t know what your left hand is doing.  Jesus, is a great teacher, who, in His Word, exposed the fallacy of the ostentatious giver – one in which giving only depends upon who is watching; so also teach your children to give in secret, and be sure to explain to them that it is not a true gift when we expect gratitude, appreciation, or attach strings.

In truth, gifts should be given to relieve a need; to share the abundance of our Blessings, and to illustrate to others the good that we find in the world….so with that…..giving with grace is reward enough!

Finally, give your children the chance to experience sacrifice in order to give. Even the smallest sacrifice on your child’s part will sustain the lessons learned in giving. Your child’s sacrifice could include giving up candy for a day.  As a parent, you can join in by giving up lunches out.  Additionally, the entire family can agree to give up dessert or forego movie rentals etc. as a family discipline and donate the money saved to charity.

Just food for thought, as usual I would like to know your thoughts…

~ D. Linn Whorley