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16
Aug
2010

Riley (The Kimmel's Granddaughter) 2nd Grade

As we start the school year again, it’s important to prepare our kids not just with school supplies and new clothes, but with skills about how to be a great classmate.  How we relate to the people around us is one of the most important callings in the life of a Christian, and what better way to train your kids to have great relational skills that will serve them, and God’s Kingdom, for life!

Ten Ways to Be a Great Classmate

from Raising Kids for True Greatness by Dr. Tim Kimmel

  1. Be a friend to everyone in your class, not just the popular kids.
  2. Invite the kids who are consistently left out of activities to play with you or walk with you between classes, especially the poor kids or kids who represent a racial minority in your school.  Never let anyone eat alone at lunch (especially the geeks.)Invite them to eat with you. If you are part of the popular crowd, insist on these other kids being part of it too.  If the popular kids reject you in the process, so be it.
  3. Be pleasant to everyone, especially your teacher. Smile, look people in the eyes, call them by name, and be interested in them as individuals.
  4. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into antagonism against your teacher- whether in the classroom or elsewhere. Refuse the peer pressure to be disruptive, regardless of whether the teacher is asking for it.
  5. Never allow yourself to be drawn into a group conspiracy against your teacher. Whether it’s fellow students or their parents, deal with any problem you have with your teacher individually. Avoid any attempt by the class or their parents to gang up on a teacher regarding an issue.
  6. Help students who may be struggling to connect to the class or figure out the subject. As much as possible, do whatever you can to raise the emotional and intellectual stock value of the entire classroom.
  7. Don’t hog discussions, show off your intellect, or critique fellow students’ answers in such a way as to embarrass them.
  8. When you go to bed at night, pray for your teacher and fellow students who may be struggling.
  9. Be an enthusiastic participant in the greater school activities. Cheer on and encourage your teams, applaud the kids who gain recognition for their great efforts and always speak well of your school.
  10. Recognize that there are some kids around you who are either extremely afraid or are having to process some heavy burden (problems at home, the divorce of the parents, a mom or dad who is sick, a sibling who is struggling). Ask God to give you a keen sense of who these kids are, and make it your aim to encourage them every day.

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Lydia (Kimmel's Granddaughter) 1st Grade

Karis Kimmel Murray is the author of Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst and the Creative Director of Family Matters®, a ministry who’s internationally hosted parenting and marriage events, radio and television broadcasts, articles, videos, website and best-selling books (written by Karis’ parents and Family Matters’ founders Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel,) Grace Based Parenting and Grace Filled Marriage, have been used by God to transform tens of thousands of families into instruments of His restoration and reformation.
Karis writes and speaks for Family Matters as a voice to the next generation of parents. Karis is co-host of The Family Matters Minute, a nationally syndicated one-minute radio segment heard by millions of listeners every weekday.
Karis lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Mike, their two teenage daughters and a ragamuffin menagerie of pets.

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