Tim's Notes

Zeeland Christian's Head of School, Tim McAboy loves to share what he is learning with others. Topics include parenting, education, and personal growth and are centered around our Christian faith.

An “urge”, 3 “words”, and Miss Ady.

By Peter Jenkins | November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The First Perspective: by Sherrie Stuursma, ZCS Inclusion Teacher One day 7 years ago I was leaving school and I felt an incredible “urge” to take a different way home. I felt the urge to go thru downtown Zeeland. As I drove downtown I saw some beautiful butterflies in the window of a store. I…

What Are You Waiting For?

By Tim McAboy | November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recently on a morning run that turned into more of a walk, I found myself walking around the outside of our school. I said aloud, “Who should I pray for, Lord?” Very clearly He said, “Pray for those who are waiting.” I prayed for families waiting for medical treatments to bring results, wayward family members…

Do Your Children and Grandchildren Know…

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

When my Grandma McAboy came to visit, she would often stay for a few days at a time.  One night as I was falling asleep, I heard her in her room talking. After a minute or two I realized she was praying, and after another moment I realized she was praying for me. Grandma McAboy…

Seasons of Parenting

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parents, Andy Stanley says that if we parent now the way God would have us to parent, there may be times when our children don’t like us very much. But they will like us later, and “later is longer.”   His parenting series “Future Family” helped me to see raising my children in seasons:  …

Unkind Behavior in Students

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

This morning, Caryn Navis, our school counselor, met with teachers to discuss ways to address unkind behavior in students. While bullying receives a lot of attention (and rightly so), smaller instances of unkind behavior often go unaddressed. Karyn’s instruction to us, and my advice to you is that we address every single instance of unkind…

“How did I end up here?”

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two years ago, in an attempt to run across the Grand Canyon (and back), I got a bit lost. After a side trip to a waterfall off the main trail, I couldn’t find my way back to the path. I didn’t realize I was lost until I was walking up on a ledge and the…

ZCS Educational Leadership Team

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the early joys of my first months at Zeeland Christian School has been engaging with our Educational Leadership team. I was drawn to ZCS in large part because of the opportunity to be a leader of leaders, and I’ve been encouraged with the great work happening here. Throughout the week I meet individually…

“….right next to Dad’s.”

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve been teaching my son Joey to mow the lawn. One day after he finished, my wife brought his grass-stained shoes into our mudroom where his shoes go. Joey very sternly said, “Mom, my lawn-mowing shoes go in the garage, right next to dad’s.”   These kids of ours, they are watching us. We have…

How to Raise an Adult

By Tim McAboy | November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

This summer I read How to Raise an Adult, written by Julie Lythcott-Haimsa, a former dean at Stanford University. She also has a compelling TED Talk by the same name.     Lythcott-Haisma writes of the disturbing trend she’s seen with students entering college without having had the opportunity to advocate or work through problems…

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