Motion :: October Parent Cue Article

Sometimes it takes another voice to say the same things you are saying to your kid(s) about the most important things in life—just in a different way. That’s what we call “widening the circle.”

Pursuing strategic relationships for your kids takes a little bit of intentionality, but it can be as easy as 1-2-3: acknowledging who’s already there, inviting other people in, and encouraging them along the way. Let’s get started!

ACKNOWLEDGE WHO’S ALREADY THERE

Think through family members, babysitters, teachers, coaches, instructors, friends’ parents, Small Group Leaders, employers. Who are the people who already have influence in your child’s life?

Ask yourself this question: If my child won’t/can’t talk with me about something (it happens), which adult in their lives would they go to that represents our same family values? If you have middle or high schoolers, ask them whom they would go to.)

INVITE OTHERS INTO YOUR CIRCLE

Think about additional people to add to your support system. Inviting someone to be in your circle is as simple as inviting them to be part of your family’s life. Start with a list of people you admire or want to get to know better. Then be bold and make the first move. Here are a couple of ways to get started:

  • Have a family game night and invite a few people you want to get to know.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom and build rapport with their teachers.
  • Invite a college student or your child’s Small Group Leader to dinner.
  • Volunteer to help with your child’s sports team.

Who are you going to invite?

ENCOURAGE THOSE IN YOUR CIRCLE

Now it’s time to appreciate and invest in the people in your circle.

  • Ask a trusted babysitter to attend your child’s game, concert, or play.
  • Ask someone with a skill your child wants to learn to teach them something about it.
  • FaceTime out-of-town grandparents once a week.
  • Saying “I’m truly thankful for you” goes a long way. So does a Starbucks gift card or making their favorite baked good!
  • Encourage them with words like: “How can I pray for you?” “How can I make this relationship easier for you?” “Is there anything I can do to support you better?”
  • Invite them into your home for coffee or dinner and build a family relationship.

What’s one thing you can do to support or encourage each person in your child’s circle?

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


Parenting Kids Through Fear and Anxiety

Brandon and Rachel Hibbard have been part of our Elevation Church staff family for over 11 years. In their seven years as parents, Brandon and Rachel have walked alongside both Brooklyn (7 years old) and Jackson (5 years old) as they’ve experienced many of the fears kids typically face in these early years — fear of the dark, separation anxiety, discomfort around large animals, etc. But when Brooklyn’s fears and anxieties became increasingly extreme, the Hibbards had to find new strategies to support their daughter.

1. All kids deal with fear at different points, whether it’s a fear of dogs, bugs, or monsters under the bed. What did you notice about your child’s fear this time that was different?

2. What was your first response to her intensifying fear?

3. What were some of the strategies the counselor suggested for combating her fear?

4. What were a couple of the Bible verses that encouraged her in that season?

5. What advice would you share with other parents whose kids are dealing with fear or anxiety?


Table Talk I Week of October 5

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 God is with me so I can be brave. Daniel was brave in the lions’ den because he knew God was with him. We can be brave like Daniel because God is with us, too! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What are some of your fears? (e.g., bugs, big dogs, thunderstorms, loud noises, etc.)
Question 2: Whenever you’re afraid, you can be brave because someone strong and powerful is ALWAYS with you. Who is always with you? (God)
Question 3: Ask your child the following question, filling in the blank with a different example each time: Is God with you when you ________? (e.g., ride in the car, go to the playground, go to school, hear a thunderstorm, are afraid of the dark, etc.)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we talked about tools we can use to spread the gospel around the world. The good news that Jesus is alive and wants a relationship with us is the BEST news people could ever hear, so it’s worthy of sharing in exciting and creative ways. The truth we share will never change, but the way we share it can! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What is the good news?
Question 2: Who can you share the good news with?
Question 3: This weekend, we learned about some of the ways our church spreads God’s good news around the world. Which of those tools could you use to share the good news with others? (e.g., Elevation Church app, Facebook, Instagram, Elevation Church and Elevation Youth Youtube channels, etc.)


Safari :: Week of October 5

WE’RE LEARNING… God can help me be brave.
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and brave … my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NET)
BIBLE STORY: The Brave Queen I Esther 1-10

This month, we’re learning “God can help me be brave.” When we’re afraid, we can remember that God is with us and He can help us be brave!

We will learn the story, “The Brave Queen,” in Esther 1-10. When one of the king’s helpers wanted to destroy all the Israelites, Queen Esther was scared. She knew her family and all of God’s people were in danger. So, Esther chose to be brave, and she came up with a plan to talk to the king. When she went to the king, he decided to keep all the Israelites safe! Esther’s story teaches us that when we’re afraid, we can choose to be brave. 

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that God can help us be brave. 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:

  • Who do you see in the picture? (Esther, the king, Haman)
  • When Esther’s family and friends were in danger, she was afraid. Even though she was scared, did Esther choose to be brave and talk to the king? (yes)
  • Can God help you be brave, too? (yes) 

Say, “That’s right! When we’re scared, we can choose to be brave, too. God is with us, and He will help us be brave! Who can help you be brave?” Encourage toddlers to say, “God can help me be brave!”


Motion :: Week of October 5

One of our biggest responsibilities and privileges as Christians is to share the gospel with others. There are many ways we can help spread the gospel around the world, and it’s important for us to continue looking for new and creative ways to show people who Jesus is. The truth we share will never change, but the way we share it can!

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show and took a look at Colossians 1:6, to learn about some tools we can use to spread the good news of Jesus all over the world.

When we talk about the gospel, we’re talking about the good news that Jesus is alive and His death and resurrection made a way for us to be in heaven with God forever! When we truly understand the awesomeness of that gift, we don’t want to keep it to ourselves; we want to share it with everyone we know.

At bedtime this week, read Colossians 1:6 and pray together. Pray your child overcome their fears by leaning on God for support. Help them realize they are strong as God is inside them!

 Curriculum from Life.Church