The 15minute Blog Post

Realizing that I haven’t touched this blog in far too long (actually I have about eight drafts that I haven’t finished writing), I figured that I would try a new technique of sitting down to write a blog post and only allotting myself 15 minutes to do so. I have a big issue with reading other bloggers, leaders and writers that (seem) to have profound things to say with each post (and they post at some ridiculous rate) which then paralyzes me and keeps me from writing for fear of having nothing profound to say.

I want to change that and get the creative juices flowing again!

So from this point forward, I hereby declare that Wednesday will now be known as THE 15 MINUTE BLOG POST DAY!

A few things that as parents that you need a heads up about:

  • Soccer Camp – it’s back! July 8-12 from 8:30am-12:30pm we are hosting another soccer camp! Registration opens on March 10, it costs $40/child and that includes a shirt, ball, water bottle, daily snack, and all materials for the week. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this! Space is limited so be sure to register early!
  • Good Friday – This year, we have our nursery open, as well as a great program for Preschool through grade 3. If you’ve put off coming to Good Friday in other years, you’ll want to be here on March 29th at 11am.
  • Are you creative? – Kids Rock Ministry is looking for some creative types to help with various ideas and projects we are tackling. We need help with painting and designing sets, stages, promotions, graphic design, music, video editing/filming, crafts, etc! If don’t fancy yourself great with kids, but have a creative streak, partnering with this ministry and working from your strengths makes Kids Rock soooooooo much better! Please email, phone or comment on this post if you’re interested in hearing more!

My 15 minutes is up! That wasn’t so bad.

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New Year, New Goals

Steps in achieving your goals

So it’s a new year and with it brings a time where we declare we’re going to start doing something different, stop doing something else, and ‘resolve’ to something even more vague like “be nicer.”

I don’t like resolutions. They stare at you. Mock you when you slip up. They cost you lots of money (don’t believe me, how much have you used that treadmill in the other room since you bought it?). They are always ready to condemn you for every misstep.

I much rather prefer, goals.

Goals are measurable. Goals give you a framework to succeed. Goals change behavior.

A big difference between goals and resolutions is direction. A resolution requires an abrupt end to specific behavior that, for many of us, is born out of habits, worldviews, and routine, and to simply resolve not to do something is often setting ourselves up for failure because we simply can’t rewire our behaviors or thinking that quickly.

Goals, however, give you a step-by-step plan to reach your end result. They don’t demand perfection; they DO demand action.

As a parent, what are some of your goals for 2013? We all want to do a better job at raising our children into Christ-following adults. So grab a pen and paper, grab your spouse and spend some time writing out your goals for your family for 2013. Here are a few tips for you:

  1. Make sure the goal is something that you actually want; not something that sounds good
    You don’t want to labor at a goal if the result is not something you want in your life! What do you want your family to be characterized by? Prayer? Service? Hospitality? Name it and set out to do something about it!
  2. Write your goal in the positive, not negative
    Use: “Eat supper as a family 5 out of 7 nights” instead of “stop missing supper with my family.” This gives your subconscious a positive next step – positive is always better at achieving a desired action
  3. Set your goals high
    Trust me, it is so much easier to blow off a low goal as something that doesn’t really matter than it is to blow off a high goal that will require sacrifice and determination to reach. Don’t be unrealistic; it’s impossible to run a marathon without training, so set the date of the marathon that you’ll run in and train appropriately for it.
  4. Use your own goals
    Don’t take someone else’s goals for their family – what are YOUR goals for YOUR family?
  5. Write it down/Be specificIf it isn’t written down somewhere, you’ll forget about it quickly. Put it somewhere important that you’ll see every day and be specific about what actions and behavior is required from you.

Got a goal that you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

Stay away from these mistakes!


What I’m [planning on] Reading in 2013

School is finished for me, and has been for a long time.  With that, it also means that I don’t have to do any mandatory reading anymore.  This is both a blessing and a curse. In college, the thousands of pages of required reading seemed like an insurmountable obstacle of which I could hardly wait to be done with. Now, however, reading that one book I bought a year ago, seems like an equally challenging obstacle. The problem is, it isn’t just one book I bought, but out of a compulsion, it is more like 5-10 books that haven’t been cracked.

Check out these crazy stats from 2007 about adults and how much they read. 25% didn’t read a singe book and the median number of books read by a person in a year was 4.

I am a full believer that the best and brightest in every area of life share a characteristic: they read. Lots.

So, 2013 is the year where I will read a lot. My goal, (as opposed to a ‘resolution’) is to read 2 books a month. Here are some of the books, in no particular order, I am eager to dig into:

What about you? What are you going to do as a parent to grow, learn and get better?


Poll: Does your preteen have a Facebook account?

Based on a study by Bloomberg Business Week, Facebook is considering opening up their platform to include preteens.  A quote from the article says,

Facebook (FB), the world’s largest social network, is exploring whether to open its site to kids, according to Bloomberg News. Doing so could help the company tap a new population of potential members. Facebook needs the help: It already has reached almost 1 billion members, and a recent report byComScore (SCOR) says the social network’s growth has slowed dramatically—a warning sign for some investors. Allowing preteens to create profiles would introduce a valuable new demographic for advertisers to reach.

So, what are your thoughts on this?

 


[Updated with working Link!] Parents Please Read This – Media Creating Lonely Kids

Here is an article you will want to read – how, in our ever-increasingly connected society are people becoming more lonely?  Loneliness is the first thing that God ever said was no good!  Click the picture to go to the full article!


Child Dedication

If you were at church during our last child dedication service, you would remember a scene like this one where there were 8 families, 11 children + 8 sets of Spiritual Parents. It was a beautiful morning that was filled with an excitement that we don’t always experience in the gym!

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The next child dedication Sunday is January 6, 2013 – In preparation for this we are hosting a child dedication class on Sunday, November 18 at 11am. If you desire to dedicate you child at PAC, this class is a requirement to do so. It is hosted at 11am, during the morning service. This allows you to check your child into their class (or bring them with you if they are still quite young!). We will have coffee, fruit and muffins available for you. Please email sgreer@portagechurch.com to confirm your attendance or swing by the Info Booth this Sunday!


One of the Best Things I’ve Done

Back on July 13th, I did something that I have never once regretted – turned off the notifications on my iPhone.

The only notification, save phone calls, that I did keep on was the text tone (which is a pretty sweet Super Mario theme!). It has totally freed me from being a slave to my phone.  Once I did get over the 1 or 2 day ‘detox’ I found that I was able to put my phone down on the counter and not be consumed with what Facebook comment, Twitter mention, work email or game request I might miss and be able to engage with my wife and kids for an evening.

If you haven’t turned off your notifications, you are really missing out on the freedom from our awesome technology!

Read the original post here.