The Power of the Road Trip

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You do the best you can for your family. You do everything possible to ensure they’re safe, fed properly, and receive the best possible private-school education (which you can possibly do for free). But in today’s busy world, we sometimes let life get in the way of the simple things – like spending time together and truly being a part of each other’s lives. One of the most adventurous ways to come together as a family is to take a road trip together. The occasional road trip can really go a long way with helping you bond with your children.

Below are a few tips to help you design your own experience to bring your family closer together.

Limit Personal Device Time

If everyone is too busy with Facebook, Twitter or texting, it sort of defeats the purpose of taking that trip together. However, calling for their total elimination might cause a mutiny, so maybe the next best step is to ban them for a short period of time so you all have no choice but to talk with one another. Another little tip is to play an audio book that the majority agrees on for those long stretches. You can use that book later as a topic of conversation.

Don’t Plan Every Detail

In other words, go with the flow. Take an unscheduled detour to visit that ghost town or anything else that looks interesting. And don’t feel the need to rush back into the car after making a pit stop. Take a walk. Enjoy the scenery if possible.

It’s Never about the Destination

The key thing to keep in mind when taking a road trip is that the destination is the least important part of the whole trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling across the country or just across town to visit a museum or a cool new restaurant, the whole point of taking a road trip is to spend quality time with those closet to you.

Lastly, don’t be a slave-driver and force everyone to stick to a schedule. Often the most memorable parts of any road trip is not the destination but the little things that occur along the journey.

At CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes we understand the importance of parents taking an active role in their children’s lives and make every effort for families to spend that necessary time together. For more information about our parent/child programs, or to learn about sending your child to private school in Las Vegas please call us at (702) 939-5050.

Teaching Your Child to be a Good Winner (and Loser)

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Winning and losing is inevitable in every child’s life, and how they handle both during their childhood will determine their attitude and character for many years to come. Whether your little one doesn’t make a team or they’re dealing with a friend who’s jealous of one of their accomplishments, here are a few ways to teach your child & prepare them to be gracious in victory or defeat.

Highlight Famous Failures

Every successful person on the planet has the same thing in common – they fell down many, many times before they got back up again. Michael Jordan lost over 300 games during his basketball career. Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime and he is regarded as one of the best painters to have ever lived. Harry Potter was turned down by 12 publishers before it became a worldwide phenomenon. With good examples of people who faced failure and overcame it to do amazing things, your child can rest easy that one failed test is no reason to give up on dreams of being a doctor or an astronaut.

Remind them that Life Isn’t Fair

Especially in households with more than one child, you’re bound to hear every parent’s favorite phrase a time or twelve, “that’s not fair!” Children have an innate sense of fairness and can be distressed when they see someone receive more than they do, particularly when they feel entitled to the same exact flavor of cookie or size of teddy bear. It’s important to instill early on in your children that life isn’t always fair, and that sometimes people receive/need more than others and, that when they receive more it is their duty to give and when their sibling receives more it is an opportunity to be happy that another is happy and blessed.

Congratulate them on their Effort, Not Just Results

When your kid is only praised when they are successful, failure can become even more discouraging and it can be difficult to motivate themselves to want to keep trying. Kids need to be recognized for their hard work, and their effort being noticed/appreciated will make even the biggest disappointments still worthwhile as character building and learning experiences. This is also great for when they win, because they know you are proud of their character and not just their accomplishments.

Don’t Let them Win Every Time

Letting your child win at every video game, every race, and every game of catch is a loving idea in theory, but it’s also robbing them of vital experiences. If they never have the chance to lose to someone who loves them and will win gracefully, it will be hard to lose later on in life. Additionally, they will feel entitled to always win every contest (even if it is not deserved) if they are handed every single win they get, and will have a hard time accepting when it is time for someone else to be in the spotlight. Winners are only real winners if they are honest, gracious and kind; a healthy mix of winning/losing at home will provide lots of opportunities to develop those virtues.

Don’t Compare Your Kids

Finally, your kids are unique individuals with different talents and aspirations. Nothing positive will come out of comparing them to each other, especially in a way that brings one down by wishing they were more like the other one. It’s important to recognize your children’s personalities & strengths in a positive and constructive way. The rest of the world will likely compare them through life, and they will feel secure and loved knowing you respect them both absolutely equally for exactly who they are.

At CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes, we strive to teach good values through a family like support network. To learn more about the benefits of sending your child to a Las Vegas private school, contact us at (702) 939-5050