Quest :: August Parent Cue Article

Parenting is hard. Just when you think you understand your kid, everything changes. And then you have to get re-acquainted with them and figure out a new way to parent. It might be helpful to know that every kid at every phase is asking a unique and fundamental question. How you answer that question for your child will communicate the one thing they need most: LOVE.

The Question Your Preschooler is Asking

Life for your preschooler can be confusing. It’s okay to throw a ball, but not a rock. You can hug your friend, but not squeeze his neck. Your preschooler is learning the rules for life and encountering some necessary discipline.

Your preschooler is asking one major question:

“AM I OKAY?”

Your preschooler needs to know you love them—even when they make bad choices. As the parent of a kid who may test your limits on a daily (or hourly) basis, you may feel overwhelmed at times. But remember this, in order to give your preschooler the love and discipline they need, you need to do one thing:

EMBRACE their physical needs.

When you embrace your preschooler’s needs, you . . . communicate that they are safe, establish that the world can be trusted, and demonstrate that they are worth loving.

You are probably doing more than you realize to show your preschooler how much you love them. Make a list of the ways you already show up consistently to meet their physical needs.

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


Safari :: August Parent Cue Article

Becoming a parent is one of those experiences in life where basically every cliché is true: It goes so fast. You’ll miss this. Just wait until they’re walking/talking/teenagers. They’ll grow out of it. It will get easier. At Parent Cue, we say something similar: It’s just a phase. So don’t miss it.It’s all true. The baby phase passes. Even on the days that seem like they’ll never end, time is moving; we can’t slow it down and we can’t get it back. But . . . Can I tell you a secret? I don’t love the baby phase.I’ve had three daughters and am beyond grateful for each one. I’ve lost a pregnancy and I know what a blessing it is to hold a child and know they’re yours forever.There is no greater feeling on this side of heaven.

But I still don’t love the baby phase. (Insert shrugging emoji here.) And you know what? That’s okay. I can love my baby and be present with my children and still loathe not be in love with the baby phase. Because let’s be honest—newborns are hard. Really hard. You’re sleepy. You’ve got spit up on your shirt. For some of us, our hormones are completely lop-sided. And you can’t remember the last time you took a shower. It’s okay if the gross and exhausting bothers you.

Everyone tells us to enjoy these days. To savor them. That we’ll be sad when they’re over. And maybe for some parts of the baby phase, that’s true. Baby skin is incredibly soft. Babies (can) smell delicious. Babies do bring with them a certain type of magic. But then you find yourself in the parking lot with a diaper blow out that destroys their outfit andyours, and you look in the mirror and see puffy eyes and greasy hair, and you feel lonely and overwhelmed . . .

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY IN THAT MOMENT.

I am not “missing” my daughters in any phase. I appreciate the easy parts and try to learn from the hard parts. But I won’t pretend the sweat dripping from my brow is a glow—it’s sweat. Hard-earned sweat. So the next time you’re hiding in the pantry or closet, desperate for your newborn TO KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE UNEXPLAINED SCREAMING, just know you’re not alone. It is a phase. You definitely don’t want to miss it. But that doesn’t mean you have to always like it.

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


Motion :: Week of August 10

How did Jesus define church? Does going to church really matter? Is it worth sticking with for the rest of my life? We’ll help kids answer these important questions in Big Church!

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show to learn how we can serve the church. We took a look at James 1:26 to see that God wants us to serve out in our communities, but it’s equally important to serve within our church.

As followers of Jesus, we’re called to serve — to help where help is needed. Jesus spent His life doing everything He could to serve others and put others first. When we “do good to everyone,” we’re following His example. When we serve in our church, we’re helping people learn about Jesus while building community with other believers at the same time.

At bedtime this week, read Galatians 6:10 and pray together. Pray that your child would realize they are part of the Body of Christ — God’s Church! Pray they’d be able to use the gifts and talents God has given them to help serve the Church, in their church.

Curriculum from Life.Church


Safari :: Week of August 10

WE’RE LEARNING… The Bible is God’s Word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” 2 Timothy 3:16a (CEV)
BIBLE STORY: The Bible teaches us how to live. I Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 13:16, and John 14:15

This week we sang a song to remind us that the Bible is God’s Word. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E, (open hands like a book)
yes, that’s the book for me. (point thumbs to chest)
I stand alone on the Word of God, (stomp)
the B-I-B-L-E. (open hands like a book)

The B-I-B-L-E, (open hands like a book)
I’ll keep it close to me. (hug self)
I’ll read and pray and then obey
, (praying hands)
the B-I-B-L-E. (open hands like a book)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job! What is the Bible?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!”


Quest :: Week of August 10


The teachings in the Bible are worth more to us — are more valuable in this life — than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. At the end of the day, learning how God, our Creator, wants us to live is worth way more than anything money can buy. So grab a Bible and get ready — we’re going on a treasure hunt! We want to begin to uncover some nuggets of truth and set our preschoolers on a lifelong search for treasure — the kind of treasure that is better than gold.

This weekend, we learned that the Bible teaches us God gave us Jesus to be our friend forever.

This week, cuddle with your child and pray, “Dear God, Your teachings are worth more than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. Thank You for giving us the Bible so we can know Jesus wants to be our friend forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.”