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Safari :: Week of July 13

WE’RE LEARNING… I can help others.
MEMORY VERSE: “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13b (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Helpers I Luke 5-6

During the worship experience this weekend, we played “I Spy” to learn how we can help others.

As you’re driving in the car this week, play this game with your toddler to help them remember they can help others!

Say, “I Spy” and point out different people your toddler might be familiar with. For example, you could say a cashier at the grocery store, waiter at the restaurant, teacher at school, mom, dad, brother sister, grandparents, etc. After you call out each person ask, “Can you help (name of person)?” Pause for your toddler to respond. Continue the activity choosing a different person each time.

After the activity say, “Great job! When we help others, we can show them how much God loves them. Who can help others?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can help others!”


Safari :: Week of July 6

WE’RE LEARNING… I can help others.
MEMORY VERSE: “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13b (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Helpers I Luke 5-6

This month we’re learning, “I can help others.” When we put others first and look for ways to help, we can show them how much God loves them!

We will learn the story, “Jesus and His Helpers” in Luke 5-6. When Jesus began telling people about God, He found help along the way! Soon enough, Jesus had 12 helpers who followed Him and helped Him teach everyone about God’s love. Just like Jesus’ helpers, we can help others, too! There are so many people we can help every day. When we help them, we can show them how much God loves them!

 

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that we can help others. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the placemat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Jesus had 12 helpers who helped Him teach others about God’s love. Can we help others, too? (yes)
  • Do we show God’s love to others when we help them? (yes)

Say, “Jesus’ helpers helped Him tell everyone about God’s love. We can help others, too! When we help others, we can show them how much God loves them!” Ask your toddler, “Who can help others?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can help others!”


Safari :: July Parent Cue Article

The words “new parents” and “anxiety” seem to be synonymous. If you Google the phrase “parent anxiety,” you’ll see titles such as “49 Parent Fears And How To Ease Them” and “Top 10 Fears Of New Moms.” As a relatively new parent myself, I can tell you I feel anxious about something regarding my daughter, Arden, just about every day.

Just today, in fact, I was inside the grocery store and looked down to grab my debit card out of my purse. In that short time, Arden took an avocado from its bag and bitten a piece of it, barcode, peel and all. At first, it was funny—even more so because I can’t get Arden to eat avocado when it’s sliced or in guacamole. Then, my mind started wondering about pesticides. “Did she just eat poison? Should I call the doctor just in case?” I stopped short of Googling possible symptoms of pesticide poisoning because nothing good ever comes from researching symptoms online.

What fear tells you

Parenting in this generation looks a lot differently than in generations past. According to Pamela Druckerman, author of New York Times bestseller, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers The Wisdom Of French Parenting, this generation of parents are the most psychoanalyzed than any other. We have instant access to all kinds of research that tell us what we’re doing wrong. This overload of information leaves us feeling stressed and afraid we’re unable to properly care for our children.

Most new parent anxieties are centered around the same themes:

Fear tells you: I’m not good enough.

Blog and social media posts are constant reminders that the world is full of perfect parents and we’re not among them. We often wonder if we’re reading to our children enough, if we’re socializing them enough, and if we’re doing enough to aid in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development.

. . . but the truth is: You are more than enough.

God has entrusted you with this child for a reason. Trust that He will lead you in his or her upbringing. You are everything your child needs.

Fear tells you: I’ll mess up/unintentionally hurt my kid.

There’s bound to be some research out there that supports the idea that whatever way you’re raising your child is secretly scarring them for life. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? To spank or not spank? Either side always ends in your kid needing therapy when they get older.

. . . but the truth is: Your child is under God’s protection.

There’s nothing you can do that will cause irreparable damage when you submit your kids to God and surrender your parenting to Him daily. They are safe and secure in Him.

Fear tells you: Other people are judging my parenting.

Your kid throws a full-on fit in the middle of the grocery store and you can just feel all kinds of judgement from onlookers. You’re certain they think you’re a bad parent who is incapable of controlling a child.

. . . but the truth is: No one is thinking about you because they’re too worried about themselves. 

As a person who constantly worries too much about what others think, there’s a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic, that has spoken to my heart: “People don’t have time to worry about what you’re doing, or how well you’re doing it, because they’re all caught up in their own dramas . . . While it may seem lonely and horrible at first to imagine that you aren’t anyone else’s first order of business, there is also a great release to be found in this idea.”

I like that word, “release.” New parents, join me in releasing our fears that our kids won’t reach their full potential because of something we’re doing wrong. Instead, let’s replace those fears with truth that we are enough to parent our children as God calls us to.

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


Safari :: Week of June 29

WE’RE LEARNING… Jesus is powerful.
MEMORY VERSE: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power.” Psalm 147:5a (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Calms the Storm I Matthew 8:23-27

This weekend, we made a fun craft to help us remember that Jesus is powerful!

[INSERT PICTURE FROM THE WEEKEND]

Look at the picture and ask your toddler, “Who is in the picture?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus!” Then ask your toddler, “When Jesus’ friends were scared, did He tell the storm to stop?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Yes!”

Point to the sunshine sticker and say, “That’s right! Jesus is so powerful, He calmed the storm! If you know Jesus is more powerful than anything, hold your paper in the air and say, ‘Jesus is powerful!’” Pause for your toddler to respond.

Say, “That’s right! Jesus is powerful and we can trust Him. Who is powerful?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is powerful!”


Safari :: Week of June 22

WE’RE LEARNING… Jesus is powerful.
MEMORY VERSE: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power.” Psalm 147:5a (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Calms the Storm I Matthew 8:23-27

As you’re driving in the car or while you’re at home this week, play “I Spy” with your toddler to help them remember that Jesus is powerful!

Say, “I Spy” and point out different items your toddler is familiar with. For example, you could say the sun, clouds, cars, people, etc. After each item ask, “Is Jesus more powerful than (name of item)?” Pause for your toddler to respond.

Continue the activity choosing a different item each time. After the activity say, “Jesus is more powerful than anything and we can trust Him! Who is powerful?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is powerful!”