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Another Five Tips for Parents from Another School Official

“We look at relationships and patterns and changes, “says Christopher McGee, Curriculum Coordinator in Webster Groves, MO.

He tied for 1st place in St. Louis Magazine‘s Excellence in Education Award in Administration this month.  Yesterday we listened to the other Administrative winner and his Five Tips for Parents.  Today, let’s hear from Mr. McGee.

He tells “how eighth-graders learn the intricacies of electricity.  They are assigned the task of creating an arcade game.  They have to wire it to make a light turn on or a sound go off to let the players know they have won or lost the game.”

When completed, the games are packed up and taken to elementary schools.

“There is nothing more validating of a learning experience than to see kids who are excited and want a bunch of kids to play their game,” he says.  “It was real.  It was better than any work sheet or lab could ever have been.”

Mr. McGee’s Five Tips for Parents are:

1.  Love hard.

2. Embrace failure.

3. Say “Yes and….”

4. Embrace technology.

5. Get a network or people who are as like you and as unlike you as possible.

Five Tips for Parents from a Principal

Point your kids in the right direction; 

when they’re old they won’t be lost.

— Proverbs 22:6

Imagine a school that’s “loose enough for creativity and structured enough for students to learn.”

That’s the environment Rodney Lewis, Elementary School Principal in Ballwin, MO, has in his school.  This month he tied for the 1st place Administrator’s Excellence in Education Award from St. Louis Magazine.

His “Five Tips for Parents” are

1.  Being involved matters.

2.  Tell your child you love them every day.

3.  Read with your child every day, and ask questions.  We have to create thinkers.  Our society and our world rest on innovation.

4.  Don’t work so much that you miss your child growing up.

5.  Be excited about school, teachers, principals.  It all matters because all kids are listening to the conversation.



Is It Really That Simple, Jesus?

“Because God loved the world so much,” Jesus said, “he gave up his only son, and everybody who believes in him can have eternal life.”

A hand went up in the group and a voice asked, “Is it really that simple?”

“Yup,” Jesus answered.  “It really is that simple.”


Who You Working For?

Whatever you do,

work at it with all your heart,

as working for the Lord.

Colossians 3:23

It’s the start of a brand new work week.

Speaking as a Job Coach, St. Paul tells us, “Whatever you do, work at with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

That gives me a little perspective, how about you?

Your Coach is Ready

Three Weeks Ago, right here

“Are your Sundays missing something?” asks an ad for an NFL tv package.

Hebrews 10:25 makes the same point as that ad’s question.  Don’t cheat yourself out of the opportunity to get together with other people of Christian faith for a warm-up session, a coaching session, the chance to look at game films and even run drills.  More about each of those in weekends to come.

For today, just that one inviting question: “Are your Sundays missing something?”


“Don’t cheat yourself out of…a coaching session.”  The Holy Spirit is your best coach for the exercise of your Christian faith this coming week.

Maybe The Holy Spirit will coach you during a song in worship today.  Maybe it’s going to be your Sunday School teacher, or something a friend says while offering you a cup of coffee.

It might even be your pastor; that still happens.

But for any of that to happen, two things are necessary:

1. you have to get yourself to the practice field called your church, and

2. you have to be coach-able.

Let’s go — Coach is ready!

Who Have You Invited?

Who have you invited to join you in worship this weekend?

Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace.  That’s from our official United Methodist site (

Today we  talk about Radical Hospitality, with much of that same intent.  But are we doing more than just talking about it among ourselves?

Again: who have you invited to join you in worship this weekend?

What Special Needs Parents Wish You Knew

You have a friend with a special needs child of whatever age.

I’ll bet s/he would like you to read and heed the blog I’m linking you to at the end of my intro.

I’m obviously not a mom. But most of this translates to Dad World.

The “home schooling” part I know nothing about and have zero commentary on it.

But the 5 key points here…and the Comment section…they resonate with this dad of a special needs guy.  For example: “People that complain about taking their kids to their extracurriculars drive me bananas too. Be thankful your children can play soccer, play baseball, football etc. I won’t ever get the chance to be a team mom.”


Check out “5 Things Special Needs Moms Won’t Tell You” —


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