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School is closed for the summer break. Summer comes with a kaleidoscope of energy, excitement, adventurous spirit, madness, frivolity, laughter, tears, and foolishness. Standing at the helm of the summer mania are parents. The unfortunate truth is that many parents provide very little supervision for their growing children during the summer months. For many, it will be twelve weeks covering eighty-four days and 2,016 hours of free time.
Who Should Be Supervised? What should parents do? Do they really need to supervise their children? What about the teenagers, especially those who will be entering their senior year in September? Should they be supervised also? Listen parents! As long as they are your dependents, there should be supervision. Even adults require a level of supervision during their working hours. Teenagers, in particular, require a special kind of supervision because of their impulsive, adventurous, daredevil spirit.
How to Supervise Many teenagers feel that they need no supervision. All teenagers, no matter how responsible they are, need some level of supervision. The level of supervision depends on how disciplined they are. Generally, teenagers need “oversight” rather than “direct sight.” For teens, monitoring involves a parent's supervision and awareness of their behavior and whereabouts. This includes knowing the whereabouts of the teen during the day and night, and with whom they are spending time. For toddlers, monitoring involves a constant “direct sight,” guidance, and lots of activities. Here are a few guidelines for summer supervision:
*Plan. At the beginning of the summer vacation (it’s not too late to do this now), parents should sit down and plan with all of their children. Ask these questions: Who will be going to summer jobs? Who will stay home? Who will go to a relative? Discuss safety issues related to fire, strangers, and sexual molestation and provide guidelines for dealing with emergencies.
*Leave no time period uncovered. If the teenagers are going to work, discuss when they will be leaving home each morning and when they will return. Do not hesitate to call on the job to find out how they are doing. Do this about two to three times during the summer break: at the beginning, the middle, and at the end of the work experience.
*Provide suggestions and opportunities about what your teenagers can do each day after their working hours. Do not allow vagrancy, loitering, and just wandering.
*Set time limits for engaging in social activities and establish night curfews.
*If teenagers are not working, discussing what will happen during the very long hours of “home alone” is greatly important. Create a schedule of home chores that could include painting, yard work, and house cleaning. Better yet, purchase crafts and other artwork they can create with their hands. While at work parents should call home just to see how everything is going with your “home-alone children.”
*Although teenagers' time should be well structured, allow a time window each day for “free time” or “personal choices,” of course under your parental guidance.
*Do not allow your children to spend all of the 2,016 summer hours watching television or playing video games. Set time limits for daily television viewing. It is best not to allow any of your children to sit longer than three hours in front of the television. It is not healthy for the mind and the body. It creates laziness and mental lethargy.
*Let your children participate in organized summer programs in your community, for example: basketball camp, summer camp, summer computer school, and vacation Bible school.
Plan to spend some of your daytime with your children, no matter their ages.
Appeal to Parents
Set a good example for your children. Avoid “hanging out” with friends. Your children need you. Parents take control of your home. Remember you are the parents, not the children. Do not leave any time uncovered and unsupervised. Above all, make sure they are safe every hour of the day. -Barrington Brennen is a marriage & family therapist
The Ministerial Department invites all elders to the quarterly meeting at the Grant’s Town Seventh-day Adventist Church tomorrow (Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.) As we stand on the threshold of a new quarter, there are a few opportunities and programs we would like to share and look at for the second half of the year. A key item on the agenda is the ongoing training of elders and its relationship with TMI. See you there! -Pastor Paul Scavella, Ministerial Director
PARL DIRECTORS’ MEETING
All Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) Directors and interested persons are urged to attend a meeting at the South Bahamas Conference Office on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Final plans for the PARL meeting in Fort Lauderdale will be made at this time. -Pastor Paul Scavella, PARL Director
AUGUST MONDAY IN SOUTH ANDROS
South Andros is the place to be on the August Monday holiday weekend. Experience the Bahamian Sea of Galilee. Launch out into the deep and cast your net on the other side. It’s an event you don’t want to miss. Join ASI as they assist in completing the Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church anticipates and prepares for dedication on November 29-December 3, 2017. Pastor Paul Scavella, District Pastor
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING
The Executive Committee of the South Bahamas Conference will hold their monthly meeting at the conference office on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. All committee members are asked to be in attendance. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Executive Secretary
-ASI CONVENTION 2017-
All persons who are interested in traveling to the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Convention on August 16 - 20, 2017 are asked to contact Pastor C. Melvin Lewis, Treasurer at 341-4021, or Elder Ian Greene ASI president at 556-0492 or 601-4393. -Elder Ian Greene, President; ASI
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, July 23 - 29, 2017 is: Protection from Disaster. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Prayer Coordinator
VBS AT LIVING FAITH
Cowboys and cowgirls are wanted at the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church. Join their Cactusville Vacation Bible School that continues until July 29, 2017 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. each day. -Mrs. Eforma Dames, CHAM Leader; Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church
Month of July: Vacation Bible School/Experience
Our CHAM leaders and assistants are planning for VBX!
September 10: CHAM Doctrinal Seminar
-Mrs. Joan M. Scavella, CHAM Director
SABBATH SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Additional Sabbath School supplies are available at the Adventist Book and Nutrition Centre. -Mrs. Cherry Blackmore, Manager
WOMEN’S MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
Save The Date!
Under the theme, “Fulfilling My Purpose”, the South Bahamas Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s (ATCU) Retreat at the Melia Resort, on October 20-22, 2017 with guest speaker, Linda Anderson.
Ladies, the deadline for the early bird special has been extended to July 31 to accommodate some of our sisters from the other fields. Kindly note that this is the final extension and that the new rate takes effect on August 1, 2017 so kindly ensure that your registration forms are filled in and returned to your local leader or to the South Bahamas Conference office. Please also remember that registration remains open only until August 31, 2017. Each attendee is responsible for making her hotel reservations and should use the Retreat Code - WOREAI
THIRD QUARTER AT A GLANCE
July - September Zone 3 Out-reach
July - Visit to Cancer Society
August - Visit to Female inmates of Her
September - Women of the Word Weekend
Revival - Cat Island
September -Transformation through Service -
Women’s Weekend - Inagua
Stay tuned for specific dates for these events.
-Sister Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director
AT BAHAMAS ACADEMY
Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists is looking for hardworking, dedicated leaders to fill the following positions in the 2017 - 2018 school year:
MINIMUM CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS:
Candidates may download the application form from the conference website at southbahamasconference.org and submit the completed application form along with copies of professional degrees and resume to THE OFFICE OF EDUCATION, 135 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, Nassau, Bahamas or mail the completed application form, copies of professional degrees and resume to THE OFFICE OF EDUCATION, P.O. Box N 356, 2017.
The search committee reserves the right to reject the application of any or all applicants. -Office of Education
BOOK SIGNING EVENT
You are invited to attend the Book Signing Event of Dr. Elliston Rahming. The event will be held at Bookworld and Stationers on Mackey Street on July 27 and 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Rahming is the author of the book, Greatest Blacks Ever: Top 100 Blacks Who Changed
Conference website: http://southbahamasconference.org
Have a blessed Sabbath!
Work in progress. Return here for updates January 3.
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