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The Value for Week 3 is:
Loyalty is faithfulness to a person, country, group or cause.
“Be loyal to those who are NOT present. In doing so, you build the TRUST of those who are present.” Stephen Covey
“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving-kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.”
Recently, I had occasion to listen to Russell Brand, a British comedian, radio host and actor, speak about the dehumanising effect that large corporations have in our society. Now typically I would have not have shown much interest in an opportunity to listen to Brand, but I acknowledge on this occasion the topic interested me.
Specifically, Brand was highlighting how Amazon utilises an app to monitor their delivery drivers to ensure they are driving safely, efficiently and meeting quotas; and he noted how it may not be possible to do all three! Faced with the impossible the workers have complained, however it appears the app that hires the flex drivers also monitors their work, and then fires those who can’t make the key performance indicators! While this may seem like some future dystopian world, this has become some people’s reality.
How things have changed. Originally when people worked – they knew their boss and their boss knew them. Following World War II and into the 1980s it was noted that Personnel became the Human Resources Department and while the terms are not totally synonymous it was illustrative of the devaluing of the people. Brand, in his ramble states it like this: ‘when productivity is optimised, humanity is diminished.’ He continues his harangue by asking, ‘are we going to be passive or are we going to demand to be treated as a human being?’
At the end of Brand’s tirade, he pauses to ask the listener to press ‘like’, ‘subscribe’ and ‘to join his mailing list so I can monetise you’. He chuckles as he is fully aware of the irony of the situation and then comments ‘I don’t know how you are going to free yourself’, before going on to promote some of his other shows! To his credit he does state that if you don’t wish to subscribe to his channel, ‘no one could be more sympathetic than I am.’ He then finishes with a rallying call – ‘let us use these tools to create a new kingdom.’
At this point I recalled that the good ‘old book’ gives the history of mankind from beginning to end and outlines the order of various kingdoms. Some of this history can be found in the book of Daniel written about sixth century before Jesus. [I am aware that there are scholars who support a much later date, and they do so partly because they reject any possibility of predictive prophecy.]
In the second chapter and written during the time of the Babylonians, the book of Daniel accurately predicted the rise of the Medo-Persian kingdom, following by Alexander the Great and the Greeks, the Roman empire and the fractured nature of modern Europe. Following this, the only kingdom left is the return of Jesus who establishes his eternal kingdom. This is an amazing piece of apocalyptic literature and it ties in well with the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 14:1-7. On the Thursday evening before his crucifixion Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for everyone and he promises to return.
Did you note the interesting contrast? Most people who want a new kingdom, (including Russell Brand), or those who want a better life, or a new way of living, issue a call to arms. Jesus, on the other hand, promises a new world that he will prepare. Our part is to live a life that honours God and shows respect to humanity, that is, to our fellow ‘travellers’ on life’s road. We all struggle with this and none of us do this perfectly, but what might this look like in your life?
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
9 Facts about boys that you may not know
Boys can be a mystery to many parents, particularly those who were raised in all-girl households or who have had minimum exposure to males in their formative years.
The more you know about boys the better placed you are to meet their needs as a parent, carer or teacher.
Here are nine facts to help you better understand what makes boys tick:
1. Boys are more likely to be heuristic learners than girls
Boys, more than girls, are likely to learn many of their lessons from experience rather than being told. This can be make parenting them challenging, particularly if you don’t have an appetite for risk yourself. Perhaps the biggest challenge is keeping them safe so some risks need to be out-of bounds. It can also be difficult as a parent being the support person when the lessons that boys learn bring hardship and tears.
2. Boys brains are designed by a different architect
In the first five years of life a girl’s brain is busy developing fine motor skills, verbal skills and social skills, which are all highly valued by parents and teachers. Meanwhile, a boy’s brain is busy developing gross motor skills, spatial skills and visual skills. These are all handy hunting skills. So boys often start school with a distinct disadvantage when it comes to learning and fitting in.
3. Boys mature differently to girls
The maturity gap between boys and girls of anywhere between 12 months and two years, seems to be consistent all the way to adulthood. Parents should take this into account when deciding the school starting age of their sons. This maturity gap is also evident when kids finish school and move into tertiary studies or the workplace. Girls are often better placed to succeed, and many boys get lost once they leave school.
4. Loyalty is high driver for boys
Understand that a boy’s loyalty to his friends and family is a key driver and you’ll begin to understanding the male psyche. They are incredibly influenced by their peers, which can hold many of them back. It takes a brave boy to get too far ahead of the pack, so they often hold each other back when it comes to achieving.
Loyalty to others can get boys into trouble. Call a boy’s sister an insulting name and you are in for fight. Insult his friends and you are asking for trouble.
5. Boys are more likely to be visual learners
Boys generally need a reason to learn. If you are having difficulty motivating your son then try linking learning to their interests. They may play a musical instrument when they know they can play in a band or practise their kicking if they can see it will help kick more goals.
If they love skateboarding the chances are they want to know more about it, so use this as a lever to motivate them if reading is a problem.
6. Boys fight more than girls
Leonard Sax author of Why Gender Matters reports on the year long study of elementary (primary school) students in the playground where boys fight 20 times more than girls. The fighting wasn’t always destructive, as they researchers found that boys usually ended up being better friends following the dispute. Sax, notes that male primates have the same proclivity toward fighting and theorises that aggression is a part of the socialisation process for males. He asserts that male primates that don’t fight with other males when young, grow up more violent as adults, not less. I’d hasten that even though some boys may fight, an important part of the socialisation process is to teach how to resolve conflict with words, rather than using physical means.
7. Boys benefit greatly from silence
Boys don’t have the same innate tendency for reflection that girls are born with. Don’t get me wrong, males of all ages have the ability reflect on their behaviours, values and their lives (when older) but they need the environment to be right for them to do so.
Quiet time and down time give boys the chance to let their thoughts wander around inside their heads. It also helps them get to know and even like themselves. Boys will often do their best thinking on their own, so they tend to retreat to their caves (bedroom) when things go wrong at school or in their relationships. They need to go within to find their own answer.
8. Boys just want to blend in
Boys are group-oriented by nature. They want to fit in. They tend to play group games and form themselves into structured friendship groups. Boys generally don’t want to stand out from the crowd.
Don’t put them down in front of their friends and understand that they may make poor friendship choices rather than be in a group of one – by themselves. They prefer the ‘wrong friends’ rather than no friends at all.
9. Approval is at the heart of working with boys
Approval is at the heart of working successfully with boys. They will walk over broken glass or hot coals if they feel you like them. In a sense this notion holds many of them back, as most boys will only work for a teacher if they like them and close down on learning if they sense the teacher doesn’t like them.
Take the time to nurture a relationship with your sons or the boys that you interact with. Some boys like to talk; others like to share an activity; some like you as an adult to do something for them; others are very kinaesthetic and love to be touched, cuddled and hugged; while some just love gifts and mementoes. Work out the relational preferences of the males in your life and make sure you match these.
For more tips and tools for raising boys, please join us for our Parenting Boys online course.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.
Years 3-6 classes enjoyed Zoom cookups this week with “Muffins in a Mug”! See the easy sugar-free microwave-based recipe below.
MUFFINS IN A MUG
Break 1 egg into a bowl – stir in
Add ¼ cup of rolled oats – stir in
Add 1 banana – stir in
Cut up 4 dates – stir in
Grate ½ apple or ½ carrot – stir in
Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa – stir in
Add ½ teaspoon baking powder
Swill water in 2 mugs – tip the water OUT of mugs
Put muffin mix into the 2 mugs
Cook together 90 seconds in microwave
Wait 1 minute then cook another 30+ seconds
Many years ago a secondary student approached me and expressed her fear about losing her faith whilst studying Science at university. I told her that on the contrary her faith would be strengthened. I certainly found that was the case in my own studies. I found it interesting and inspiring as I researched famous scientists and found how many of them had a faith in God and unashamedly expressed this. I found the following verses particularly relevant: “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man- and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1: 22,23).
Using the title of a book I read, ‘I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist’.
~ Mr Jim Talliopoulos
On Tuesday the Year 7 students had a wonderful heavenly cooking class. It was an exciting break from the online learning routine.
We made 2x 3-ingredient recipes – fresh ice cream blueberry muffins with creamed corn damper to go on the side. The students enjoyed following instructions and constructing their meals, we each learned new skills and tips to better our cooking and learn more about making food for our families.
We learnt about the foods that will grow in heaven and what we can look forward to one day, being there with Jesus and enjoying doing things with purpose.
~ By Obosa & Ava