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.

New Women’s Small Groups

On May 28, 2010, in Small Groups, by Community Groups

The Connections Team is currently putting together a few new small groups for women! We truly believe that we are not meant to live alone. We believe that God designed us for community to find encouragement, accountability, and eternal friendships. By joining a Small Group, you will have the opportunity to form these relationships and share life together. In a small group, you will not only study God’s word, but also live through life’s challenges together. If you are interested in joining one of our new small groups, please contact Jillian at 831.655.0100 or email connections@shorelinechurch.org.

The Connections Team is currently putting together a few new small groups for women! We truly believe that we are not meant to live alone. We believe that God designed us for community to find encouragement, accountability, and eternal friendships. By joining a Small Group, you will have the opportunity to form these relationships and share life together. In a small group, you will not only study God’s word, but also live through life’s challenges together. If you are interested in joining one of our new small groups, please contact Jillian at 831.655.0100 or email connections@shorelinechurch.org.

Summer Romance

On May 28, 2010, in Classes, by Community Groups

summer romance

This will be a fun gathering of married couples where you will learn tools of how to keep, or rekindle, the romance in your marriage. We will be gathering every Monday evening in June to share creative ways to liven up you and your spouse’s relationship. Each gathering will be in Room 1108 at Shoreline and led by Andy and Terrie Belleci. For more information, you can contact them at 831.899.3888 or connections@shorelinechurch.org. Childcare will be provided for a donation. We hope you and your spouse will join us for some Summer Romance fun!

summer romance

This will be a fun gathering of married couples where you will learn tools of how to keep, or rekindle, the romance in your marriage. We will be gathering every Monday evening in June to share creative ways to liven up you and your spouse’s relationship. Each gathering will be in Room 1108 at Shoreline and led by Andy and Terrie Belleci. For more information, you can contact them at 831.899.3888 or connections@shorelinechurch.org. Childcare will be provided for a donation. We hope you and your spouse will join us for some Summer Romance fun!

Small Group Leaders/Hosts

On May 21, 2010, in Small Groups, by Community Groups

We are looking for new leaders and hosts for our Small Groups Ministry. If you are interested in leading or hosting a new small group, please fill out the Small Group Interest Form on the right side of this page. We would love to help you get a new group started so that you can use the gifts that God has given you.

We will soon have a training for our small group leaders and hosts. We would love for you to attend this training if you are currently leading or hosting or if you feel called to lead or host a small group.

If you have been involved in a small group that is not listed on our website, we would love to talk to you about how your small group is going. Please let us know if we can help you out in any way possible.

Dave has recently received new curriculum and resources. If you are a small group leader and would like to utilize any of the study materials that he has, he would love to meet with you.

If you have any further questions regarding small groups, please call the Connections Team at 831.655.0100 x336 or email us
.

We are looking for new leaders and hosts for our Small Groups Ministry. If you are interested in leading or hosting a new small group, please fill out the Small Group Interest Form on the right side of this page. We would love to help you get a new group started so that you can use the gifts that God has given you.

We will soon have a training for our small group leaders and hosts. We would love for you to attend this training if you are currently leading or hosting or if you feel called to lead or host a small group.

If you have been involved in a small group that is not listed on our website, we would love to talk to you about how your small group is going. Please let us know if we can help you out in any way possible.

Dave has recently received new curriculum and resources. If you are a small group leader and would like to utilize any of the study materials that he has, he would love to meet with you.

If you have any further questions regarding small groups, please call the Connections Team at 831.655.0100 x336 or email us
.

Celebrate Recovery, Community Outreach Luau!!

On May 3, 2010, in Celebrate Recovery, by CelebrateRecovery

Last Friday night was an absolute BLAST Thanks to “Child of Mercy”‘s great Worship and Denise Bridges testimony! Also an AWESOME Hawaiian Luau provided by Deb, Sharron, Chef Jeff and the Crew from Community Outreach and Ihelp! Check out pictures here!

Don’t forget next week “The Gathering” (worship and teaching and open share groups) moves to Thursday nights 7 p.m. with special guests “B.C.Blues” and testimony and message from teen Challenge in Oakland with John Rainwater and testimonies from the lives being changed through Christs unfailing Love…be there!

Any questions feel free to give me a holla!

Pastor Dave
831.655.0100, x303

Last Friday night was an absolute BLAST Thanks to “Child of Mercy”‘s great Worship and Denise Bridges testimony! Also an AWESOME Hawaiian Luau provided by Deb, Sharron, Chef Jeff and the Crew from Community Outreach and Ihelp! Check out pictures here!

Don’t forget next week “The Gathering” (worship and teaching and open share groups) moves to Thursday nights 7 p.m. with special guests “B.C.Blues” and testimony and message from teen Challenge in Oakland with John Rainwater and testimonies from the lives being changed through Christs unfailing Love…be there!

Any questions feel free to give me a holla!

Pastor Dave
831.655.0100, x303

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