Parenting Tip

On September 13, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

It’s Hard to Raise a Leader

Some children are born leaders. They want to control their parents, their siblings, their friends, and even people they don’t know. They have their own agenda and want everyone else to know what it is and how to fit into it. Leaders can be a real blessing in life but they sure are hard to raise.

One of the greatest gifts you can give to your budding leader is the ability to follow. To follow means listening to the needs and desires of others, submitting to someone else’s agenda, and learning how to work cooperatively on a team. All good leaders need to know how and when to follow.

Although you will nurture the leadership gifts your child possesses, it’s also your job to teach him or her how to work with others. The weaknesses of young leaders are demonstrated in negative ways like arguing, badgering, and being demanding or angry. Don’t just brush off these weaknesses as inevitable. Take time to correct, but do it in a way that appreciates the child’s gifts. “Karen, I can tell you’re going to be a leader someday, but remember that good leaders need to think about the needs of others.” Or, “Jim, I like the way you take initiative with your brother. Remember, though, that a good leader is also a good listener.”

It’s Hard to Raise a Leader

Some children are born leaders. They want to control their parents, their siblings, their friends, and even people they don’t know. They have their own agenda and want everyone else to know what it is and how to fit into it. Leaders can be a real blessing in life but they sure are hard to raise.

One of the greatest gifts you can give to your budding leader is the ability to follow. To follow means listening to the needs and desires of others, submitting to someone else’s agenda, and learning how to work cooperatively on a team. All good leaders need to know how and when to follow.

Although you will nurture the leadership gifts your child possesses, it’s also your job to teach him or her how to work with others. The weaknesses of young leaders are demonstrated in negative ways like arguing, badgering, and being demanding or angry. Don’t just brush off these weaknesses as inevitable. Take time to correct, but do it in a way that appreciates the child’s gifts. “Karen, I can tell you’re going to be a leader someday, but remember that good leaders need to think about the needs of others.” Or, “Jim, I like the way you take initiative with your brother. Remember, though, that a good leader is also a good listener.”

God Time ~ 09.11.11

On September 11, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”  Luke 2:52  This month in The Cove, for 1st-5th graders, as we talk about knowledge, we aren’t just talking about learning more or gathering more information we are talking about really understanding what’s important to know. When we look at the life of Jesus, we believe that there are three main things that we need to know.  It just so happens that these things are the foundation of the 252 Basics curriculum that we use.  So download the kid’s God Time and the parent’s Parent Cue and join us as we spend some time talking about the basics:  I can trust God no matter what.  I need to make the wise choice.  And I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

For kids, God Time: Download 2A

For parents, Parent Cue: Download 2B

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”  Luke 2:52  This month in The Cove, for 1st-5th graders, as we talk about knowledge, we aren’t just talking about learning more or gathering more information we are talking about really understanding what’s important to know. When we look at the life of Jesus, we believe that there are three main things that we need to know.  It just so happens that these things are the foundation of the 252 Basics curriculum that we use.  So download the kid’s God Time and the parent’s Parent Cue and join us as we spend some time talking about the basics:  I can trust God no matter what.  I need to make the wise choice.  And I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

For kids, God Time: Download 2A

For parents, Parent Cue: Download 2B

God Time ~ 09.04.11

On September 4, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

Have you ever noticed that when you ask a kid a question in church, their default answer, if they don’t really know the answer, will be “God?” Or coming in a close second-hand frantically waving in the air-”Jesus!”  And really, most questions can be answered in some way with God or Jesus.  That’s because God is the ultimate source of knowledge-and that’s the characteristic of God we’re learning about this month as we kick off a new school year. It’s in the story of God that we find the character of God, so we’re headed to the Gospel of Luke to learn from His Son, Jesus, as He grew up.

Did you know that the Bible only gives us one story and one comment on the life of Jesus from the time He was a preteen until He’s thirty-something starting His ministry?  It’s our memory verse for the month; Luke 2:52 and it tells us that Jesus spent time studying God’s Word, and that He grew in His relationship with God, in His ability to make wise choices and in His ability to love others.

Download the first week’s Parent Cue and the kid’s God Time here to continue studying God’s Word with your children this week.  Downloads will be available every Sunday afternoon for grades 1st-5th from The Cove!

God Time for kids: Download 1A

Parent Cue for parents: Download 1B

Have you ever noticed that when you ask a kid a question in church, their default answer, if they don’t really know the answer, will be “God?” Or coming in a close second-hand frantically waving in the air-”Jesus!”  And really, most questions can be answered in some way with God or Jesus.  That’s because God is the ultimate source of knowledge-and that’s the characteristic of God we’re learning about this month as we kick off a new school year. It’s in the story of God that we find the character of God, so we’re headed to the Gospel of Luke to learn from His Son, Jesus, as He grew up.

Did you know that the Bible only gives us one story and one comment on the life of Jesus from the time He was a preteen until He’s thirty-something starting His ministry?  It’s our memory verse for the month; Luke 2:52 and it tells us that Jesus spent time studying God’s Word, and that He grew in His relationship with God, in His ability to make wise choices and in His ability to love others.

Download the first week’s Parent Cue and the kid’s God Time here to continue studying God’s Word with your children this week.  Downloads will be available every Sunday afternoon for grades 1st-5th from The Cove!

God Time for kids: Download 1A

Parent Cue for parents: Download 1B

First Look-Parent Cue ~ September 2011

On September 1, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

Memory verse for The Reef -3′s – kinder, “I can do all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13. Basic Truth:  God loves me, Bottom Line:  God can help me do anything. Key question:  Who can help you? Find out more about all of this and the Bible stories that The Reef is studying for the month of September.

Download the Parent Cue for September First Look here.

Memory verse for The Reef -3′s – kinder, “I can do all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13. Basic Truth:  God loves me, Bottom Line:  God can help me do anything. Key question:  Who can help you? Find out more about all of this and the Bible stories that The Reef is studying for the month of September.

Download the Parent Cue for September First Look here.

Parenting Tip

On August 30, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

Helping Kids Deal with Emotions

Many families ignore emotions or view them as a nuisance. But emotions affect children more than they realize. One of the keys to helping children understand emotions is to teach them the difference between the feeling and the response. It’s okay to feel sad, but that doesn’t justify treating people unkindly.

When Joel was thirteen, his dog, Skippy, died. Joel had raised Skippy from a puppy. They played together, slept together, and Joel had taken care of Skippy when he was sick. Now his beloved friend was gone. Joel’s heart was broken. The pain was intense. He spent the next few days bouncing between lashing out at those around him and withdrawing into himself.  His heart was working hard to absorb this unwanted new experience: life without his loyal friend.

Mom was patient with Joel, giving him space to grieve and work things out. She initiated conversation with him often and looked for ways to comfort him. Sometimes Joel used his sadness as an excuse for being unkind or disrespectful, but Mom made it clear that grieving was okay; meanness was not. Over time, Joel adjusted to life without Skippy. Mom’s approach was successful because she considered Joel’s heart during that time.

Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Emotions are a part of life. Children often need help recognizing and dealing with their emotions. They haven’t learned yet how to process all the feelings their hearts experience.

Teaching children about their emotions and the appropriate ways to deal with them will prepare kids for experiencing even deeper joys and sadness in the future. Helping children separate what they feel from how they treat you and others is an important part of that process.

Helping Kids Deal with Emotions

Many families ignore emotions or view them as a nuisance. But emotions affect children more than they realize. One of the keys to helping children understand emotions is to teach them the difference between the feeling and the response. It’s okay to feel sad, but that doesn’t justify treating people unkindly.

When Joel was thirteen, his dog, Skippy, died. Joel had raised Skippy from a puppy. They played together, slept together, and Joel had taken care of Skippy when he was sick. Now his beloved friend was gone. Joel’s heart was broken. The pain was intense. He spent the next few days bouncing between lashing out at those around him and withdrawing into himself.  His heart was working hard to absorb this unwanted new experience: life without his loyal friend.

Mom was patient with Joel, giving him space to grieve and work things out. She initiated conversation with him often and looked for ways to comfort him. Sometimes Joel used his sadness as an excuse for being unkind or disrespectful, but Mom made it clear that grieving was okay; meanness was not. Over time, Joel adjusted to life without Skippy. Mom’s approach was successful because she considered Joel’s heart during that time.

Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Emotions are a part of life. Children often need help recognizing and dealing with their emotions. They haven’t learned yet how to process all the feelings their hearts experience.

Teaching children about their emotions and the appropriate ways to deal with them will prepare kids for experiencing even deeper joys and sadness in the future. Helping children separate what they feel from how they treat you and others is an important part of that process.

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