At the heart of everything your elementary schooler says and does these days, they’re likely asking inside of themselves . . .
These are some pretty big questions swirling around in such tiny bodies. And while it may be hard to believe, your kid is becoming way more self aware and looking to the outside world to confirm — or deny — what they think about themselves and how they’re perceived by everyone else. Though this is a critical time, it’s also your time to shine as the biggest influence in your kid’s life right now.
So, what do your kids need from you right now? What communicates love to them in this phase they’re in? Three words: Engage their interests. When you demonstrate to your kids that you’re interested in who they are and what they like, you’re conveying to them that they have value, that their ideas are worth listening to, and that, ultimately, they matter.
If you’re looking for a great starting point, here’s a quick tip: Be curious about your child. Instead of assuming you have them all figured out, take some time to ask them questions about their thoughts and feelings. Hang out with them doing what they want to do. Spend time getting to know their friends. And who knows? You might find out this small human you’re raising is more amazing than you already thought.
Original info and resources found at Parent Cue
The NextGen Ministry at MISSION Community Church is committed to partnering with parents and helping kids find and follow Jesus. From babies through high school, we strive to be a church “For Everyone”, creating environments where children and youth can belong even before they believe.