Child Like Heart

Last night I stood with my toddler as he threw one fit after another. An emotional wreck at its finest. As I tried to comfort him or make the situation less frustrating for him, he refused any support. As the adult, I know how to make the situation better. How to comfort and see the problem, but he has such a limited understanding of his own frustrations. It’s such a disheartening feeling to watch your child be so irrational over something you know can easily be fixed, as we think to ourselves “If only you could see what I see.”

God must feel similar when he looks down at us sometimes. Throwing fits when we don’t get our way, getting mad when he withholds something from us, disappointed when others don’t meet our expectations. While God looks down and thinks to himself “If only you could see what I see.”

In some ways, we are no wiser than the toddler throwing a fit in the floor, just a little older and a lot more reasons to be frustrated. Yet, we are called to have a childlike heart. A heart that trusts him innocently relies on him as a provider and is submissive in obedience. Oh, how I have failed so many times. Yet, I think of the love I have for my child. Would I ever deny him, turn my back on him for him not being obedient, not provide for his needs, or scold him for not trusting me enough. My child is my heart, as we are God’s heart. My love for my child extends beyond his actions. And yet God’s love for his children extends far beyond our ability to love one another.

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It makes me think. If we are called to have a child like heart and love like Christ, am I loving others with the devotion of a child, or the heartache of an adult? I then wonder can I love like I have never been hurt. Trust in people after so much disappointment. Or be obedient in the most challenging moments. The stretching moments that make me want to give up. Honestly, the truth is no. I cannot do those things. I am limited in my abilities, short with my patience and selfish in my decisions. And more honesty, just all around not a very nice person without the love of God teaching me daily how to lay my selfishness down and trust others. He is teaching me the purity of loving like a child. The freedom in giving up control and relying on him. The transparency of learning to have a childlike heart. He sees my fully and loves me despite my limited understanding, and so gently speaks over me “If only you could see what I see.” He reminds me to look up. He knows best. He brings comfort to pain and has the solutions to my frustrations.  His power shines greater in my weakness, and I am learning to give in to the weakness. Only then can I embrace the innocence of his heart.  A childlike heart. 

By Daisy

Fun Ways To Keep Your Child Interested In Math And Science

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In most cases, math and especially science are a love it or leave it subject. In the past decade or so, there has been a decrease in skill-oriented jobs and an increase in technically centered jobs. Science and math take a lot of brain power to master and thus require students to work hard. According to a study by the University of Chicago in 2012, math and science are similar to physical pain. Most parents, therefore, tend to tell their children that math is hard because most time they are relieving their own terrible experiences with the subject. Those who do not tell their children that math is hard, tend to lie to see if their children are going to excel. However, there are easy ways to make your children learn to enjoy these subjects.

Create gaming activities

Children love games, and there is no way of getting around that. What if as a parent, you could make maths, a skill that is critical to life, a game that they can enjoy playing? Numerous digital gaming apps and websites will help you come up with ideas on how to can create games that will make math fun for your child.  If your child is young, you might want to consider using non-digital games like playing cards or board games that require one to calculate.  Studies have shown that such games are great for children not because they help pass the time and are fun but because with time, your child learns to enjoy and learn through the games.

Make them real and meaningful

You need to point out to your children that they are surrounded by math and science problems. How plants grow and the way leaves are arranged in a branch, that is science. The distribution of money and how to tell time that is math. Comparing prices at the grocery store and counting mailboxes while driving down the street are all instances of life that are mathematical. You may also offer incentives. For instance, at the checkout counter at the grocery store, let them guess how much the grocery purchased will be and give them a dollar if they are right. This will help make math and science more relatable to them. They will be keener to learn the details and will find that by relating math with real, life situations, they can get answers faster at school.

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Start when they are young

Do not just wait to hire a private tutor for them, be their first teacher. Begin when they are toddlers and introduce games and concepts as their brains develop. Introducing patterns, sequences and serration systems will help them have a feel of what to expect in the future. The best thing about the things we develop an interest in when we are young is that we can never outgrow them or lose interest. They almost always seem to come naturally to us. This will be the case for your child even as the challenges become tougher; they will be able to handle what comes their way.

 

-Jason Phillips is a blogger and writes various articles on education. He also writes for smiletutor who provides home tutors in Singapore. He loves to go swimming and read books in his leisure time.