Community-Building: A real friend.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
One of the pains of parenting is when a child becomes the object of someone else's mean spirited teasing or is excluded from a group. We want to shield our children from this, to keep them from ever feeling the loneliness of being ostracized. But we may never know when our child experiences this-they may never tell us. That is why it is so important to spend one-on-one time with each of your children and to ask questions that give them permission to tell you their hurts as well as their accomplishments. However, it is important to ask the right questions. "How was your day?" allows them to give you a one word answer. ("Fine" seems to be the answer of choice for most, even when the day hasn't been fine at all.) But "Tell me one thing that made you feel good today" and "Tell me one thing that made you feel bad" may elicit just the kind of answers that allow you to sympathize, affirm, and offer words of comfort from the Bible.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What are the names of the girls who mean to Lucille?
A. Jen and Tiffany.
Q. Why were the kids teasing Lucille by quacking?
A. Because Lucille's shirt had a picture of a duck on it.
Q. What did O. W. mean?
A. Oh, wow.
Q. How did the police find the girls who egged Lucille’s house?
A. They looked for a bike with glow-in-the-dark tassels attached to the handlebars.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.