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GFA National Teen Camp 2014


A Time To Remember (and save for the next one)!
Honey and popcorn slathered on faces; chatting around the dinner table; sitting next to friends listening to teaching; having lively discussions with other like-minded people – this and much more was Teen Camp 2014.  Many people had been anticipating the tenth of April – the day Teen Camp started. The first day was spent catching up with old friends, and looking around at all the other strangers; most of which you felt you’ve known forever by the end of Camp!
We played a couple of games – which included making words with our feet, and collecting body parts in a group. (Not disassembled – don’t worry!) Some retired for the night, while others didn’t until a lot later. :-)
Over the next few days we would have our teachings. The theme was “Jesus Mode – Strutting your stuff on the Christ walk of Life”. It made me think about how I was living my life, and whether it was an example to non-believers or not. We also had reflection times, discussions, more games, and even a Challenge night over the next three days. There was a lot of laughter and fun over mealtimes, and many new friends made.
We were all sad to see Teen Camp come to an end, but we were all thankful for the privilege of being there. A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Jak for organizing it – we are really grateful for all that you’ve done! I think I can speak for all of us when we say that we won’t forget this one – and that we are looking forward to the next one. :-)       - Megan Foote

 
Terrific Toddlers


Terrific Toddlers

The refreshing message of Terrific Toddlers is that as a parent, you can make a difference in your toddler's behaviour. In this straightforward and practical book, Mel Hayde is profoundly positive, encouraging mums to proactively guide and train their children.

She firmly believes in the calm consistency of a flexible routine. In this environment, mothers more frequently feel calm and in control, and toddlers can learn the self-control they require to play happily with others and alone, to share, to be polite and to obey.

Terrific Toddlers will inspire you to make a difference in your home - establishing a degree of order that suits your lifestyle and personality, and giving your children the lifelong gift of learning to control their words and actions. The needs of all family members are met, and the joy of parenting becomes a reality. Be positive and proactive, and enjoy your toddler!

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Terrific Toddlers 2

In Terrific Toddlers Two Mel Hayde builds on the opportunities for training self-control which she introduced in her first book - ideas which inspired countless mothers to manage their families in a positive way, maximising harmony.

She shares many practical tips on teaching kindness, helpfulness, cheerfulness, obedience; reinforcing the idea that as parents we have the enormous privilege of training our children's hearts.

She maintains the balance between theory and practice without becoming prescriptive, encouraging parents to examine the model they are presenting and to have a plan for what they wish to teach. Using everyday activities as training opportunities to instil positive virtues lends meaning to the cyclical nature of most women's lives. This is immensely encouraging and will enable mothers to train their toddlers to not just be good, but to be the best that they can be.

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Communication


In times of non-conflict work on communication - probably one of the most under parented areas.

Be Clear
Be specific and direct about what you want to communicate.
Be Concise
If you take too long to get to your point, you will lose the other person’s attention.
Be Considerate
Treat your listener with courtesy and respect.
Be Consistent
Make sure your nonverbal message is consistent with your
verbal message. Also, make sure your lifestyle is consistent with what you say.
Be Comfortable
If you are nervous or uptight, you will make others feel the same way.
Be Credible
Make sure your facts are correct, and be careful about exaggeration.

 

Dr Steve Stephens – from "LISTS to live by"

 
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