It Started at the Nursery Door

It Started at the Nursery Door

At a new Bible study, I ran into the mother of two grown boys. Her greeting began, “You would never recognize my boys now.” She added, “One of my special memories of you was the first day we came to the church. I brought my crying baby to the nursery. I was so upset. I didn’t know what to do. You calmly held out your arms for him and let me know you LOVE babies and there are special people here that will lovingly care for him. You assured me a care-giver would call me if he cried more than a... Read More
Connecting with Kids and Families “Laid Back Style”

Connecting with Kids and Families “Laid Back Style”

Easy living is one of the perks of summer. It’s the perfect time to connect with kids and families “laid back style.” Text The ding, chirp or ping in a purse or pocket invites the curious to tune in NOW. Send a happy greeting to the parent. Include the child’s name with a special message designed to make him/her feel special. (Ex. “Ava, I’d like you to help me give out the craft stuff next time you’re here.”) I said that to one child, and she told her parents her leader NEEDED HER. OR... Read More
Brave and Ready for a Change: Transitions

Brave and Ready for a Change: Transitions

“I’m brave and ready for change” isn’t usually the mantra of a preschooler on the day he’s moving to a new situation. He’s more likely to say, “Will my friends be there? Is Mr. Mike still my leader? Will you remember where to pick me up? What if I need to use the bathroom?” Confidence was the name of my game as a preschooler unless I wasn’t prepared ahead of time or there was too much chaos. Since uncertainty is the enemy of feeling secure, both leaders and parents need to prepare each... Read More
It’s Time to Get Serious About Partnering with Parents

It’s Time to Get Serious About Partnering with Parents

I love talking to parents. I’ve seen and heard the same reactions from parents in each generation. As a leader or parent, you can probably relate. “You should’ve seen that boy. He’s only 4 and he can manage that soccer ball like a 10 year old. He’s a chip off the old block!!” One dad boasted as buttons flew off his shirt. My family was no different. My mother was always the last in the line of family members walking down the street. My grandmother lead the parade followed by my dad, me then... Read More
Create a Safe Place for Preschoolers

Create a Safe Place for Preschoolers

You can tell a child is excited about a place when he runs ahead of his parents and announces with a flourish, “This is my place”. It’s where he knows he’s accepted, he’s understood… He’s safe. That’s what we want to create for our preschoolers… a safe place. Let’s look at what makes a place feel safe to a preschooler. GUARD THE HEART Small groups are so amazing. They provide an opportunity for a child to be known and cherished by a consistent leader who cares for him and... Read More
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