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Helping Your Child Win At School

As summer fades into autumn, we’re diving into a fresh, new school year. So, what’s next? As parents, what can we do to help our kids thrive both inside and outside the classroom? Let’s explore 5 ways to create a winning environment that can help our children achieve victory:

  1. Provide A Listening Ear

Every day after school, our kids return home with stories to share and experiences to discuss. Taking a moment to truly listen and engage in their narratives not only deepens our connection but also shows that we genuinely care about their world.

Open communication becomes a bridge, allowing them to freely express their thoughts, joys, and even their concerns. By having a listening ear, we help them feel supported, understood, and ready to take on whatever challenges come their way.

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  1. Create a Comfortable Study Space

Picture this…a quiet space for your child that’s solely dedicated to learning. It’s a haven of comfort and focus. This will help guide them toward efficiency and reduce stress. This space serves as a place where they can immerse themselves in their studies, knowing that they can concentrate without being interrupted.

In addition, ensure they have the necessary school supplies and resources readily available. A conducive learning environment promotes focus and productivity.

  1. Embrace Successes, Big and Small

Every test aced, every artwork completed, every goal achieved – these moments, no matter how small, deserve to be celebrated. Our children’s accomplishments, whether in the classroom or beyond, are reflections of their hard work and determination.

Our applause becomes a symphony of encouragement, a chorus that resonates with pride and validates their efforts. By celebrating both their victories and their courage to tackle challenges head-on, we help them build a reservoir of confidence that can carry them through life’s journey.

  1. Promote Healthy Habits

Amidst the chaos of school days, let’s not forget the importance of nurturing their physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. Encourage them to enjoy nutritious meals and snacks that fuel their mind, body, and spirit. Remind them to drink plenty of water, exercise, take supplements, and get sufficient sleep.

Encourage them to talk with God throughout the day, every day. And to regularly read His Word, think about it, and do what it says. Teach them about self-care, which includes less screen time, and equip them with the tools they need to thrive in these areas.

  1. Be Present

In a world that’s constantly changing, one constant remains – our presence as parents. As they venture into the classroom, face new challenges, and carve out their paths, our unwavering support and love become a sanctuary they can always return to. By being their steady rock, we reassure them that they are never alone, that they have a safe-haven where they are cherished and valued for who they are.

As parents, we realize that our role at this time extends beyond simply sending our children off to school. It’s about creating an atmosphere of compassion, understanding, and unwavering support. As this new school year unfolds, let’s hold their hands and walk beside them, reminding them that they are loved, cherished, and capable of achieving greatness.


  • Chris Reed

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Singles Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Marriages Pastor, and Parents Pastor. He is currently our Extensions Pastor, leading the charge for Saddleback Church start-ups across the US and world. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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