3 Questions Every Elementary Schooler Is Asking Themselves

3 Questions Every Elementary Schooler Is Asking Themselves

In the elementary years, a child develops skills and competencies that equip their future. The way a child resolves the “Do I have” questions of these phases provides them with critical knowledge and resources. It shapes their perception of personal ability, comparative value, and resilience. Through these phases, kids shift from wanting to be seen by adults to wanting to be seen by adults and peers. The best way to resolve a kid’s relational questions is to engage their interests. However,... Read More
Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

It was a bright spring day in 2014. My daughter was five at the time, and we were spending the early afternoon where we often did: at the park. She had recently graduated to the “big kid playground,” which had a giant, enclosed slide, fast swings . . . and a set of tall monkey bars that looked impossibly imposing for her tiny frame. I should tell you that my girl has always been fiercely independent. Strong-willed. Determined. On this particular day, she focused all her attention on those... Read More
How to Help Kids Remember What Matters

How to Help Kids Remember What Matters

There’s a retired lab technician named EP, who in the book Moonwalking with Einstein, is referred to as “the most forgetful man in the world.” EP suffered from one of the most severe cases of amnesia ever documented; his memory extended back only as far as his most recent thought. Questions like, “What did you have for dinner” or “Who is the President?” were lost on him. In fact, his amnesia was so bad that when asked about the reflection he saw in the tinted windows of a car he passed by, he... Read More
Milestones Matter to the Kids in Your Ministry

Milestones Matter to the Kids in Your Ministry

Milestones matter! A milestone is an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. Milestones are the memory makers in the world of our families and kids. They are the things that when they grow up and go out on their own will make them smile when they “remember when!” They are the moments that will give them the courage to take the “next” step on their beautiful journey of becoming all that God has created them to be. Milestones truly matter and need to be celebrated!... Read More
Naming An Idea

Naming An Idea

This post was written by Kristen Ivy, Director of Messaging at Orange and Director of The Phase Project. A few years ago on the drive home to Atlanta from Orange Tour Kansas City, Reggie Joiner turned down “70s on 7” and paused the musical education of our friend Afton—who still insists all good music is inspired by Justin Timberlake.  For a few hours, we had something more important to figure out. And it wasn’t how to identify Chicago by the sound of brass in the band. We were halfway through... Read More