Safety

Safety

A few weeks ago, a new family visited our church with their toddler. I just happened to be helping in the toddler room and had to physically peel his arms from around his mom’s neck. I could see the anguish in mom’s eyes as she handed her little treasure over to me. He cried for a few minutes and then wrapped his arms around me and buried his sweet head into my shoulder. He stayed that way the entire hour. No crying, but definitely still and not sure about what was going on. The next Sunday I... Read More
Puzzles

Puzzles

When I was a little girl, my mom and dad had a Christmas tradition of giving me a doll, a book, and a puzzle. I LOVED putting together puzzles! We would spend the entire Christmas break from school working on puzzles. I still enjoy working on puzzles and will sometimes get one out and put it on a table to work on at my leisure. Puzzles allow for solitude. There are no bells and whistles. You can spend as much time or as little as you want studying the various pieces, and you feel such... Read More
Partnering with Parents Through Special Occasions

Partnering with Parents Through Special Occasions

Celebration – just saying the word conjures up images of brightly colored balloons, ribbons, confetti, and delectable sweets. Who doesn’t love a fun celebration?! I know I certainly do! And if the book of Exodus is any indication, God does too! Over and over God instructed His people to build a monument or institute a feast in order to remember significant events. As leaders, we have an opportunity to partner with parents during times of celebration too! Every month, we send home placemats... Read More
Be Present

Be Present

“Where’s Miss Joanie?” the little blonde-haired two-year-old anxiously whispered.  Miss Joanie has been serving in our early childhood area at church since before I came on staff almost nine years ago. Every week, she is there early getting everything ready for the little ones to come in. This particular morning Miss Joanie was home sick, and my little two-year-old friend was NOT happy about that! My little friend was one of those children who had a bit harder time adjusting to the twos room.... Read More
Just trust me.  Navigating the phase of separation anxiety.

Just trust me. Navigating the phase of separation anxiety.

One of my favorite things to do when I visit my son and his family is to watch him play with his two year old twin girls. They squeal with delight when he throws them up in the air and catches them. There is no fear, only trust. We have the opportunity every week to instill in our little ones the lesson of trust. This is the most basic skill and the most useful lesson we will utilize throughout our lifetime. Learning to trust will be useful to us throughout our youth, teen years, and even... Read More
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