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Safari :: October Parent Cue Article

Confession: I lay awake at night and worry about my kids. It’s true. I know that worry is a waste of time. I know that worry shows a lack of faith. But sometimes . . . I worry.

I have a child about to graduate from high school and is still undecided about where she wants to go to college. I worry. What if she chooses a college that is out of state and I don’t get to see her every weekend? Or what if she doesn’t make friends? Or worse, what if her new friends aren’t good for her? College campuses are dangerous!  You see? I worry!

I could make a similar list for each of my kids. What if they fall and break their arm? What if they don’t pass that test? What if they are hurt? Mistreated? Taken advantage of?

There’s a part of me that would like to create this safe, protected, and controlled environment for my kids . . . to put locks on all of the doors and keep the bad out. I know this wouldn’t be best for them, but it sure is a tempting thought.

Worry won’t get you very far.

It takes courage to be a good parent.

Next time you need a little courage, try this:

Seek a new perspective.

There are worries in every stage of life. The first time you leave your baby with a sitter is scary. But there are parents who are further down the road than you are. They’ve been there. They’ve seen how things turn out.  They can give you a new point of view. Ask them.

Allow children to learn from their mistakes.

Would I let my child touch a hot stove? No Way! Did my kids scrape their knees when learning to ride their bike? Absolutely. The great things in life come with some risk. There are lessons that your child needs to learn by overcoming obstacles. And when we don’t allow them to face the tough stuff, we cripple them.

Acknowledge that you are not in control.

This is a tough one for me. Sometimes I would like to be in control. After all, my way is obviously the best way! But I can’t keep all drunk drivers off the road. I can’t stop sickness. I can’t build a fence high enough to protect them. I am not able to control every circumstance.

It takes courage to be a good parent. Sometimes I need the advice of those who’ve been there. Sometimes I need to help my child learn all that they can from the worrisome circumstances. And sometimes, I just need to remember to give my fears to one who holds the whole world in His hands.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.


Table Talk I Week of September 28

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned that on day six, God made the most special thing: people. He created each and every one of us and said we are VERY good. Then, on day seven, God rested. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: On day six, God created animals — but He wasn’t done. What else did God create? (people)
Question 2: Did God create each and every one of us? (yes)
Question 3: What did God do on day seven of creation? (He rested.)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned only God gets to decide who we really are. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says about us or what names they may call us. God created us exactly the way we are, and He has invited us to be part of His family. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Have you ever been called an unkind name? How did that feel?
Question 2: Jesus was known for inviting rejected people to join Him. Why do you think He did that?
Question 3: Ephesians 1:4 (NLT) says, “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” How does this verse show the greatness of God’s love for us?


Celebrating Fall as a Family

Fall is filled with school starting back, festivals, and holiday traditions. But creating memories takes effort — planning and execution. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of the fall season with your family.

BUT FIRST . . . choose a couple of options that could work for you and your family. Then — and this is important — put the events on your calendar.

Bake Together
Fall is a season for all the best-baked goods — pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, cherry turnovers. Choose one and even make the shopping part of the experience! Make a list and see who can nd the ingredients first. When it’s time to bake, give each person a task and then make something delicious and enjoy it together. Bonus points if you double down on the recipe and share with a neighbor!

Nature Hike
Get outside! Round up the troops and take a nature hike together. Even fifteen minutes of walking together outside can be a great reset button for your family. Take it to the next level by making a list of things you could see in nature (red bird, running water, squirrel, deer, dead tree, etc.) and make your nature walk a scavenger hunt competition!

S’more than S’mores
Take a trip to the grocery store and pick up the supplies to make S’mores, but add in a few variations.

• An Oreo instead of a graham cracker
• Chocolate chip cookie instead of a graham cracker
• Nutella® instead of a chocolate bar
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead of a chocolate bar
• Add salted caramel
• Add a fruit topping

Raise the event to the next level by challenging your family members to create their own signature S’more. Have everyone name their dessert before serving it to the family.

Go to a Football Game
Whether it be high school, college, or NFL, deck out the entire family in mascot colors or spirit-wear and cheer on your team-of-choice together. Even if you’re not a sports fan, rallying around a common cause will not only be fun, but bring your family closer together.

Visit a Corn Maze
This is a fall staple, but don’t underestimate it! For younger kids, there’s usually a petting zoo or carnival games. For older kids, the maze is the perfect opportunity for your family to work together to conquer a challenge.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.


Table Talk I Week of September 21

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned that on days five and six, God made the birds, fish, and animals. He created so many different and amazing kinds of fish and birds on day five. On day six, God created all the other animals that fill the earth — and He also created people. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What did God create on day five? (fish, birds)
Question 2: Did God create just one kind or many kinds of fish and birds? (many kinds)
Question 3: What did God create on day six? (animals, people)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned we shouldn’t pretend to be anyone other than who God created us to be. We are valuable to Him. His opinion of us matters more than what anyone else thinks — even more than what we think of ourselves! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: God made you in His image. What does this mean to you?
Question 2: What are some ways you can use your God-given gifts to help others?
Question 3: What does it mean for something to be “valuable”? How do you know you are valuable to God?


Table Talk I Week of September 14

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned that on day four, God made the sun, moon, and stars. God created the sun to keep us warm during the day and the moon to help us see at night. He created every twinkling star in the sky. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: On day four, what did God create to keep us warm during the day? (the sun)
Question 2: What did God create to help us see at night? (the moon)
Question 3: What did God create to twinkle in the sky? (the stars)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned being a child of God comes with an eternal upgrade: we become heirs of God. He loves each of us so much that He treats us as His own children, and when we choose to follow God, we are able to live without fear, knowing we’ll spend eternity with Him. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Does God love some people more than others? Do you think He loves everyone the same?
Question 2: Romans 8:17 talks about an inheritance from God. What’s an inheritance?
Question 3: What do you think is the best thing about being a child of God?