September 13, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner: Family Thing

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Power
MAG-13 Chaplain

The time for family vacations during the summer has passed as children go back to school.  My children were able to visit family out East, spend some time in San Diego, and go camping.  I know they enjoyed their time away, but they are already busy with their daytime school and evening activities.

My teenagers and a pre-teen will carry their memories of the summer good times with them into the classroom and into our home life.  The love and bonding that they experienced while with grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends will make a difference for them in the midst of the draining times of their lives with school work stress, performance anxiety, facing unfriendliness, and other difficulties.

It’s important to take a look at what our children are experiencing during their school days and weekends and see what ways we can help them through challenges and pain.  Filling them up with experiences of love and respect over the summer is a good start, but this should be continued into the school year with the help of teachers and other caring adults and peers.

My wife and I have launched two of our children into college already, and before we know it our last ones will be working on their mature lives away from the home.  In the Hebrew/Christian Bible, Proverbs states, ‘Let your mother and father be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.’   This verse speaks of being very proud of our children, but notice that there is great happiness in life for parents and children whose lives have been filled with love and healthy emotional, physical, spiritual, and social habits and experiences.  May you be blessed with a healthy joyful autumn as families or as singles.

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