Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

Too frequently, children begin the school year unprepared to succeed, quickly experience frustration and failure, and get turned off to learning. However, kids can love instead of loathe the first days of school; they just need a little help from Mom and Dad. Here are a few suggestions on how you can help:

Give your children the gift of chores. Children who regularly do chores at home find it much easier to do assignments at school. Why? Both schoolwork and chores require perseverance, delayed gratification and attention to detail.

In a loving way, hold your children accountable for their chores. Parents who nag and remind their children to do chores raise kids who expect their teachers to nag and remind them to do assignments. Smarter parents ask their children to do their chores, bite their tongues and let empathy and consequences do the teaching. Why empathy? When parents deliver sincere doses of empathy or sadness before describing consequences, their children learn responsibility rather than resentment.

Limit television, videos, video games and other “entertaining” activities.

Children who are used to being entertained during the summer by fast-paced TV shows, movies, games and trips to the amusement park go into shock when they enter the classroom. Before long, they begin to complain about how boring teachers are and how much they dislike school. Make your home so boring that your kids can’t wait to be back in class. My son has been patiently waiting for the first day of school!

Mount Everett day

Mount Everett AME Church, 4289 La. 37, Greensburg, will host Family and Friends Day at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the church. The Rev. Yolanda Lowe, pastor of Claiborne A.M.E. Zion Church in Denham Springs, will speak.

Call Shirley Johnson at (225) 939-5932.

Pastoral celebration

Morris Chapel Church of God in Christ, 1328 McDaniel Road, Amite, will be holding its 12-year pastoral anniversary celebration in honor of the Rev. Sidney Banks Sr. The theme is “It’s My Season.”

The two-day event will kick off with a musical celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Elder LeRoy Johnson, of Baton Rouge, will speak.

Special musical guests will include Chozun Community Choir, of Plaquemine; the Robertson family, of Kentwood; Lawrence & Exalted, of Hammond; Faith Squared, of Baton Rouge; Kerri Gordon, of Folsom; Jeffey Pelrean & Created to Worship, of New Orleans; and Morris Chapel Sanctuary Choir. The master of ceremonies will be the Rev. Elder Antoine George. The event ends at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Warren Lands, pastor of Hosanna Ministries COGIC in Baton Rouge, will speak.

Family and friends day

Turner Chapel AME Church, 874 Turner Chapel Road, Greensburg, invites the public to its annual Family and Friends Day at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Rev. Mallery Callahan, pastor of Greater Starlight Missionary Baptist Church in Covington, will speak.

School supply giveaway

Lazard Temple COGIC, 15750 La. 43, Greensburg, will be issuing back-to-school supplies at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church. There will be various speakers from the community present to address issues with children returning to school. Children must be present to receive supplies.

For information, contact Tonya Jackson at (225) 222-3607, Valarie Foreman at (903) 363-8021 or Glind Barnes at (985) 662-2140.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email