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  • In a 2000 study by the University of Michigan of 2818 students 12 and younger spent 13 ½ hours a week watching TV to 2 ¼ hours studying.
  • A 1999 government study found only 35% of high school seniors studies an hour or more a night.  This is down  from 40% in 1984.
  • In 2002 UCLA found that 76% of 282, 549 freshman at 437 colleges that as high school seniors they had spent 5 hours or more a week socializing, but only 33% spent as much time studying. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 10-1-03)

Homework is a student’s responsibility from the very first assignment through college and beyond.  The earlier they learn this the better.  Responsibilities are not necessarily our first choice in which to invest our energy, finances… but we do as we are responsible adults.  Homework is an excellent opportunity to help students learn responsibility. 
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You’ve read all the articles on getting organized, you’ve made one last-ditch effort at menu planning and may have even made it to Costco to buy a case of juice boxes and 10 lbs of pork tenderloin. Or, you may have decided the best strategy is to lie by the pool until a family member comes to drag you kicking and screaming into the Fall. Here are a few tidbits to remember as you slide on into the busy-ness that fills our Autumn. . . Read the rest of this entry »

Where our deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet, we hear a further call.” -Frederick Buechner

We are glad that God has called us to accompany you in the joyful, but hard work of loving. As fellow pilgrims we also come hungry to the family table. We make no claims regarding our own expertise in the life of a family. Martin Luther put it best, “ preaching the Gospel is one beggar telling another where they both may find bread.”

If we, who belong to the One who is the Bread of Life, find any good news or help in the area of family life, we want to share it! But we do not forget that we too are beggars hoping to find bread. We are glad as we seek to offer encouragement in our journey in the “high and holy callings” of parents, grandparents and guardians who nourish the children entrusted to our care. We are companions, those who break bread together, following the path to the abundant life promised by our Savior. All of us dream dreams for our children. When I ask parents, or grandparents, “What are your dreams for your children?” they have no trouble answering. Their dreams come pouring out. “I want my child to be loved and to learn how to love.” “I want by child to know the Way of Christ.” “I want them to make good decisions.” “I want my child to be happy.” “I want her to be resilient and able to meet life challenges.”

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Recognizing the home as a community of faith, Roots & Wings provides avenues for families to discover and develop their spiritual roots and wings in today’s world. Roots & Wings celebrates and enriches family connectedness within the Moravian Church community.

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