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 Mom. One day she announced, “I’ve never seen three generations of people who walked exactly alike. Karen sure was named after the right grandmother!”
You notice and take pride in family resemblances. Sometimes, as parents, you might even wish you could reverse the cycle you observe. The truth is that as leaders and as parents, we’re designed to provide a model for kids to follow. It’s the primary way preschoolers learn. They learn as they watch us and live with us.
It’s time to get serious about partnering with parents.
Parents instinctively know their kids repeat their words and actions. The better they understand what their kids are learning from God’s Word, the more tuned in to their own words and actions they can become. When they read the Bible passage from this week’s lesson or move ahead to the one for next week, they can talk about it and point out when their kids are living the lesson about God and His ways. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear a child say, “Hey, I know that story, my mom told me all about it!”
That’s ministry SUCCESS!
So is this…
We know parents swell with pride over great reports so why not tell a parent about his kid’s behavior and briefly say, “That’s just what King David did in our Bible lesson. I’m guessing he sees these same things at home.”
A parent’s words matter to his children. There is increased power in his words when his LIFE amplifies and gives them relevance.
Encourage, equip and guide parents according to God’s Word.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
OR as one parent added, “when you ride in the SUV.”