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Save, Share and Spend

Save, Share and Spend

By the time a child reaches the age of twenty, he’s received an average of $33,000 in allowance. That’s a lot of money! So use it as a tool to teach your children about saving, sharing and spending. First, have chores your children can do to earn the money. Next, have your kids save half of their allowance. Then help them develop a giving heart by setting aside money for church or charity.

Finally, let them spend a portion of their hard-earned money both on present wants, and earmark some for future wants. If you teach your children how to save-share-spend, you’ll be making a profound investment in their future family.


Thanks, Brother Hans


Mastering Pick and Roll

-Basketball 101-

John Stockton is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists (15,806) and in steals (3,265). It’s true that he had Karl Malone next to him, but his ability to use the screen and roll to a level of perfection made this duo one of the deadliest ever.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you create a shooting situation every time you play screen and roll?
  • Are you afraid of the trap or hedge? Are you just looking to get the ball away from you as fast as you can?
  • Can you find the open man?
What Should I Do?
Here are some Practical Tips …

Screen and roll is one of the toughest situations to defend, if the offense team masters this play.

  • Don’t rush it; you need time to read the situation.
  • Try to start the play where you can take the shot. If the defender is going under the screen, make him pay.
  • It doesn’t matter what kind of a solution the defense is trying: hedge, switch, trap… someone is going to be open or with a mismatch you want to take advantage of.
  • If there is a trap, it is most likely that one of your teammates will have a better passing angle to the big guy.
  • If you started to drive and can’t finish, the corner man is waiting for the shot. He is w-i-d-e open.
  • At least 25% of the time you need to fake and go to the same side you came from. No one will expect that.

Practice the above, with a help of a friend. Play the screen and roll and each time use a different option: drive, drive-and-dish, drive-and-kick to the corner, etc.

Source: Basketball IntelliGym Tips

The three needs of well-being

Your children have three physical needs that must be met for well-being and they can usually be met with lifestyle changes, not drugs:

Sleep – Dr. Timothy Roehrs, Director of the Sleep Disorders Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, did a study on young people and found when they get enough sleep, their sensitivity to pain was reduced to the same degree as a tablet of codeine and they were much happier and alert.

Diet – Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry Dr. Andrew Stoll has found that eating fish can be just as effective as prescription drugs in elevating moods.

Exercise – “I like to say that exercise is like taking a little Prozac or a little Ritalin at just the right moment,” says John J. Ratey, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of A User’s Guide to the Brain. “Exercise is really for the brain, not the body. It affects mood, vitality, alertness, and feelings of well-being.”

Sleep, diet and exercise are the trinity of good physical and emotional health in children. Make sure these three are priorities before resorting to pharmacology.


Thanks Brother Hans

Improving Your Decision-Making Skills

-Basketball 101-

Can I Train My Decision-Making Skills?

Do you commit too many turnovers? Your coach yells at you, and you don’t know what he wants? The coach says you make bad decisions and all you want to do is play better?

One of the most important aspects of the game is making the right decisions on the court. A player can be 5’10 or 6’10, but if he turns the ball over too often he will end up sitting on the bench. Steve Nash is not faster nor is he taller than many other players. Still, he was selected the NBA MVP.

Here are a few insights about decision-making in basketball:

  • Athletic ability will give you an opportunity to play, but smart decisions will keep you on the court.
  • During the offense the coach expects you to pay attention, follow the other players and identify the right opportunity to take the shot. All that while you listen to his instructions.
  • A smart player is one who can think while playing, change his strategy and adapt to the situation on the court.
What Should I Do?
Here are some Practical Tips …

Dribbling is easy for you as is following directions from your coach. But following instructions from the bench while dribbling can be confusing. Try these drills to improve.

Dribble up and down the court; you can mix it up with between the legs or behind the back etc. While you do that start doing the following:

  • Spell the ABCD…Z. That’s going to be easy. Don’t stop the dribble.
  • Spell the ABC backwards ZYXW…A. Beware: it won’t be that easy.
  • When you have this mastered, spell your name, phone no. etc., everything backwards.

This exercise will help you think while you execute other basketball tasks. It will help you to perform better on the court.

Source: Basketball IntelliGym Tips

Family appointment with God

How nice it is to see a family all in one room doing devotion time. It was a struggle for an individual to do it but if it is practiced and initiated in the family it would be easier both for the parents and children. Doing things at home is like flock of geese flying in a “V” formation, the one at the back of another doesn’t need to exert too much effort to flap its wings to fly. Young kids are sometimes like that, when they see everybody is reading they will read too. When they see adults watching T.V. they will join and watch too. Kids follow what the adults are doing. (Ang ginagawa ng matatanda sa harap ng mga bata, ito man ay mali o tama ay magiging laging tama sa mata ng mga bata.) Ultimately, this attitude can be of good use. As parents, we can show our kids that meeting with the Lord everyday is as special as we are meeting with their grandparents or their favorite cartoon character.

Let us have a habit of reading our Bible, praying and meditating with our kids. Start early in their youth.

Just a friendly reminder from a sinner saved by grace…

To God be the glory!

Basic steps of forgiveness

1) Guard your heart immediately after an incident. For two weeks, do not allow yourself to dwell on the incident at all!

2) Seek God’s help and ask Him to heal your wounds.

3) Start praying for the well-being of the offender.

4) As much as possible, don’t dwell on the incident.

5) relinquish all right of the offense to God.

6) Realize Jesus had more right than anyone to hold a grudge, but He still forgave. We must do no less.

7) Realize the actual offense against you was specifically paid for on the cross. It has been dealt with and we must act on that fact.