September 7th, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life.  The lessons scheduled for this week are:

Spanish Preschool: Dios hizo a los animales

English Preschool: God Made Animals

School Age: God’s Plan for People

Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home.  You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.

We love seeing your children in Bible class.  The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Recognition

-Sofia Barcenas participated in class.
-Caleb Bergman worked well in class.
-Jonathan Delisma participated in class.
-Adanna Emokah participated in class.
-Brenda Emokah was helpful in class.
-Daniel Gomez participated in class.
-Valeria Gomez participated in class.
-Charlotte Lowrance did great on her first day in a new class.
-Luke Parsard participated in class.
-Bishop Skinner participated in class.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Awana Club

September 9
3rd-5th Grade Picnic

September 30
Family Night

October 13
Pumpkin Patch

October 14
K-2nd Grades Picnic

October 28
Fall Festival

October 31
No Awana


For Parents

Your children’s teachers insist they are as lovely as can be during the school day—but that’s not what you’re experiencing when 3 o’clock rolls around. They don’t have split personalities, they’re just experiencing something called “after-school restraint collapse.” And, according to experts, it’s both totally common and totally something we can help our children overcome.

“Children experience this in various ways. Some children have a complete meltdown that involves temper tantrums [or] refusal of parent directions while others just withdraw or are quiet for awhile after school,” says Stacy Haynes, CEO and counseling psychologist at Little Hands Family Services.

Haynes explains it’s only natural for kids to release their emotional, mental and physical energy as soon as they hop off the bus. After all, they had to show a lot of self-control during the school day.

After-school restraint collapse is extremely common in kids under 12, says Psychotherapist Nancy Brooks , and (thankfully) lessens as children develop more emotional resiliency.

Until then, the symptoms of after-school restraint collapse are likely familiar to parents of young children: “When they come home from school they will regress emotionally,” says Brooks. “They will act younger than their age and whine, cry, throw tantrums, act needy, moody and generally have a meltdown. They will look and behave as if they are exhausted.”

How can you help ease the after-school transition?

At the end of the school day, most of us parents are eager to ask all about the day. But that may be the last thing a child needs for a while, says Haynes. “Give children time to get a snack [and] relax their minds,” she explains. “Offer your child a physical activity directly after school, sports, walking, or doing chores are great releases that help to balance the mind and body.” Homework can also wait and will probably be done better as a result of a brain break.

Parents should be aware of how we act when we get home, as our kids are likely to model our behavior. If we’re irritable as soon as we walk in the house our kids will likely follow suit. (After-work restraint collapse is real, too!)

“I often use my car ride home to decompress from the day and to allow myself to be ‘fresh’ for my family when I walk through the door,” says Haynes. You can even do this together with your kids.

As the school year goes on, Brooks says you can expect after-school restraint collapse to ease up a bit—both because of our children’s increasing maturity and their adjustment to the new schedule. She says if it's still happening two or three months into the school year, parents should seek guidance from a pediatrician or a child therapist.

Until then, have hope: Going back to school is a transition for everyone in the family!

Condensed from "After-School Restraint Collapse Is Real – Here’s How to Help Your Child" by Heather Marcoux from www.mother.ly.  

EnglishVanessa Pardo