Help Your Kids Immediately!


You need reminders…so do kids. I have found over time, when a child understands expectations clearly and their proper identity is consistently before them, they naturally make better choices in all areas of life. So it stands to reason, if I can make it simpler for my kids to understand who they are and where they are expected to go, I would by default be making it easier for them to both do and learn the correct things. Therefore, I often attempt to come up with memorable one liners or acronyms to help remind them of the appropriate course of action. My latest one is an acronym using the word FAITH.

F = First things first —– We have to understand that there are truly only a few important things on this planet. Failing to keep our priorities in order is the best way to live a life void of meaning.

A = Act on what you know to be true —– Everybody’s knowledge level supersedes their obedience level. We all know what’s right…it means nothing if we do not act on that knowledge.

I = Invest in me, I’m the only one I have —– You cheat the world, especially the ones closest to you, if you fail to maximize the ability you’ve been given. Being the best you, means you have more with which to bless others.

T = Take others with you —– Life is about relationships. Sharing anything good, particularly with those you love, makes everything sweeter. We also accomplish so much more together.

H = Honor the past —– Each generation builds on the work of the last. Many have spilled their blood so that we can live free today. To forget that and many other past accomplishments would be the height of ingratitude.

These short explanations can be anything you like and can certainly be changed using analogies, examples, and lessons of all kinds.  The bold statements remain the same to serve as simple reminders…we all need them.


About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→