Real Talk with Mary Ellen: Parents Ask “How Do I Get My Kids to Attend Sunday Worship?”

I’ve occasionally watched the sun set over the caldera near Santorini via live webcam. In real life, Mike and I visited Santorini in one of our P.K. trips (pre-kids).  Re-living the memory activates my amygdala to good effect; beautiful imagery makes me feel happy. That emotional state  influences cognitive processes like learning, attention, modulation of behavior is no longer news.  Thank you brain science! Every school teacher will tell you that learning and engagement improves when kids feel safe, feel included, perceive the community reflects them. In short, a vibrant emotional and relational space is the antidote to student apathy and readies a kid for learning.

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