Sleep, Teens, Church and School

I was in conversation with several of the young teens at the church tonight during the time I teach them worship skills as a part of our midweek program.  We were talking about what it takes to keep them engaged in worship and how easily they became distracted. In conversation, I began to ask them about the school classes in which they felt the most interest and the ones where they had the least interest.  They liked best the classes where they had hands-on work:  especially art and science where they actually did things.  The ones hardest for them were reading and…

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Sleep.  We all need sleep.  Several health articles hit the news this week about the necessity of good sleep, particularly for adolescents and for the elderly.  Teens who compromise their sleep also seriously compromise their ability to learn.  And because the wisdom that goes with age has yet to be developed, they are not able to see that going without sleep is hurting them so seriously. Older adults apparently run a far greater risk of developing forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, when they fail to get adequate sleep.  With advancing problems in mental perception, they also cannot easily see that lack of…

On Needing Sleep

Every generation and every culture has its own triumphs and makes it own mistakes. We can often see both the triumphs and the mistakes in our child-rearing practices. In the early parts of the 20th century, prevailing wisdom insisted that a child be picked up as rarely as possible and little physical affection given. From that, a generation of structured, emotionally detached parents emerged. Then we had Dr. Spock and the invasion of what was called “permissive child rearing.” Here, parents imposed fewer and fewer limits on children. Such methodology helped produce the group called “baby boomers,” most of whom have some…