This page is designed to assist our parents, especially during this time that can feel as if we are in the middle of a tornado! As a school, we want to be here for you as you navigate this uncharted territory of “Stay at Home” orders, eLearning, social distancing, and they myriad of other things that have changed our normal.
On this page you will find some easy to apply tips, engaging videos, calming scriptures and more.
Practice gratitude – Studies show that practicing acts of gratitude can actually change the brain to focus on the positive and help you feel more at ease in times of stress or uncertainty, intentionally think of 3 things you are grateful for each day. Share with a family member or video chat and share it with a friend.
Practice healthy activities – Team together with those in your home to try new games, projects or activities.
Check in with a positive friend and others - Reach out to someone virtually or by phone each day to have a non-school related conversation. I promise you your relatives across the country would love to catch up!
Get enough sleep – Schooling from home can impact your sleep patterns. Be sure you are getting enough rest (8-10 hours of sleep is recommended).
Make time for your relationship - Parents, make sure you set aside a time to pray together and nurture your relationship. With close quarters, little alone time, and weather that does not always cooperate, i.e. spring in MN, you may need to be deliberate and even schedule a time together as a couple.
Make time for yourself - As an individual, it is vital to have some alone time with God and time for yourself to just “be." Maybe you like to read, or take the family pet for a walk, or sitting on the deck with coffee & the Bible. Everyone has their own "thing," be sure to make time for yours.
Spiritual Confessions - You may experience some angst and even a lack of confidence during this “new normal.” One of our teachers shared a wonderful list of scriptural confessions, it may help you.
Perspective! - This is a wonderful time to begin or expand your family’s devotional time. You may be surprised at how excited your kids will be to participate in this time together.
For the parents or our “littles,” let your children show you just how capable they are!
- Teach them how to make their bed and let them do it. Be o.k. with it not being "mommy made.” Let them show pride in what they are able to do.
- Sort laundry, even if it is not perfect, thank your child for contributing to family workload and move on
- Dust the safe areas (no breakables or family heirlooms), even if it is not perfect.
- Sweep, even if it is not perfect.
- Pair socks
- Set the table
- Load/unload the dishwasher
- Absolutely, they should be picking up and putting away toys--we do it regularly at school
- Quiet, unstructured play with siblings or on their own--or ask your student to build something with Legos, create a pattern, sort utensils, sort matchbox cars by color and make a graph of them on the floor, etc. and then do it alone
- Encourage your student(s) to pray at family meals or devotional time, if they do not already. They have the Word in their hearts.
- READ daily, allow your child to read a favorite book to you. Essentially, they are retelling the story which shows your child has comprehended and retained the content.
Deuteronomy 31:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Psalm 27:1 The Passion Translation (TPT)
The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way; he’s the source of my salvation to defend me every day. I fear no one! I’ll never turn back and run from you, Lord; surround and protect me.
Psalm 46:1-2 The Passion Translation (TPT)
God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble—more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
2 So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea.
John 14:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Peace I leave with you; My perfect peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.
Acts 2:25-28 New Living Translation (NLT)
‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
26 No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. 27 For you will not leave my soul among the dead 28 You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’
Romans 8:15 Good News Translation (GNT)
For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!”
Romans 8:37-38 The Passion Translation (TPT)
37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything! 38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles,[c] fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love.
Philippians 4:8-9 The Passion Translation (TPT)
8 So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. 9 Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Good News Translation (GNT)
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” 6 Let us be bold, then, and say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”
Revelation 21:3-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.
You may experience some angst and even a lack of confidence during this “new normal.” One of our teachers shared a wonderful list of scriptural confessions, it may help you.
Godly Parenting Confessions
- In the name of Jesus, I declare that I have the efficiency, ability, and might to raise my children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Acts 1:8 P).
- I will teach and impress the Word of God diligently on their minds and hearts (Deut 6:7 AMP).
- I declare that as I increase in the knowledge of God, I will raise my children according to His will. They walk worthy of the Lord and His calling on their lives. They live lives that are pleasing to Him and are fruitful in every good work (Col 1:9-10).
- I will live a life before my children that brings honor to God.
- I declare that the wisdom of God is in me and he directs my path regarding my children (Prov 3:6; Col 1:9, 3:16).
- The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Therefore, He is perfecting every concern that I have for my children (Psalm 138:8).
- I cast all my cares concerning my children on God, because He cares for me (1Pet 5:7; Psalm 55:22).
- I will not irritate or provoke my children to anger, but will rear them tenderly in the training, discipline, counsel, and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4, AMP).
- I commit my children into God’s care and am confident that He is able to finish the work that He has begun in their lives (Phil 1:6).
- I am sensitive to the anointing that is on my children (Lev 7:36).
- I bind the hand of the enemy in any way that he comes to kill, steal, or destroy in the lives of my children (Matt 18:18; John 10:10). I loose the angels of God to go forth now to guard and protect my children.
- In the name of Jesus, I declare that my children are saved and serving the Lord (Joshua 24:15; Acts 16:31).
- I declare that my children obey me in all things according to God’s Word and they please the Lord (Col 3:20).
- My children obey all those in authority over them for it is right in the sight of God (Eph 6:1-3).
- I believe that correction causes my children to be better in life (Prov 17:10). They do not refuse correction, but receive it gladly and continue in the things of God (Prov 10:17, 15:10).
- My children love instruction and correction (Prov 12:1).
- I thank You, Lord that those who have authority over my children do not withhold correction from them. Strong correction will not cause them to die or become depressed, but will deliver them from destruction (Prov 23:13-14).
- I declare that my children follow God’s path in this life.I declare that my children are anointed because they obey God and keep all of His commandments (Deut. 11:27).
- I declare that my children are mighty and powerful people on the earth (Psalm 112:2).
- My children are taught of the Lord and great is their peace (Isaiah 54:13).
- The Word of God is a lamp to my children’s feet and a light that directs their paths (Psalms 119:105).
- In the name of Jesus, I declare that their lives are redeemed from destruction, sickness, debt, poverty, and death (Isaiah 54:14).
- God has given His angels charge over my children to keep them in all their ways (Psalms 91:17). No weapon formed against them prospers (Isaiah 54:14).
- My children increase in every area of life—spirit, soul, body, and finances (Psalm 115:14; Luke 2:52).
- Every need in my children’s lives are met (Phil 4:19).
- My children walk in the favor of God and man (Psalm 5:12).
- My sons have the spirit of Joseph and they are successful in all that they do (Gen 39:2). I declare that my daughters are virtuous according to Proverbs 31.
- I declare that goodness and mercy follow my children all the days of their lives (Psalm 23:6).
- My children love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and they love others as themselves (Luke 10:27).
- My children have the wisdom of God; therefore, no lesson is too difficult for them to understand. God teaches them everything the need to know concerning their schoolwork.
- My children do as God’s Word commands and study to show themselves approved (2Tim. 2:15).
- My children are wise because they surround themselves with wise people (Prov 13:20). • Although hard times may come, they pass my family by because we are established in righteousness (Isaiah 54:14-15). No weapon formed against us prospers (Isaiah 54:17).
- My family does not allow any corrupt communication to come out of their mouths, but only that which is encouraging for others to hear (Eph 4:29).
- My words have creative ability (Prov 18:21), and in the name of Jesus, I have what I say. I release most holy faith to bring these things to pass. Father, Your Word says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so...” (Psalm 107:2). Therefore, I declare these things to be so now, and I receive them in Jesus’ name, Amen.