A time for everything
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
Why write a love story for kids in 5th grade? Well, because like it or not, kids are already thinking about this, some even to the point of wanting exclusive friendships and getting jealous if something or someone thwarts their desire. Our culture promotes this with entertainment that encourages children, girls especially, to dress and act in such a way that boys will like them. So, it seems good to help our children see that there is a time for everything in our lives. And that sometimes that time is not right now.
Kids will always be looking forward to something—to school, to vacation, to birthdays, to Christmas, to having a boyfriend or girlfriend. But with all this looking forward, our kids can miss the joys of just being kids-- having lots of friends, wearing jeans and a t-shirt everyday, building forts and writing stories, making a bunch of cardboard boxes into an imaginary world, reading and being read to.
Childhood is a time for friendships uncomplicated by grownup concerns. We need to encourage our children to enjoy being kids. Or, as Granny says, “enjoy being a kid while you’re a kid!” There will be plenty of time for older stuff when they get older.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the name of the girl that Morrie likes?
Q. What did Morrie buy for her?
A. A marble statue of a giraffe.
Q. What happened to the statue?
A. It fell down into the sewer.
Q. Who did Maureen really like?
Q. What did Morrie do when he found out?
A. He wanted to fight Liz.
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.
Have you ever wondered why we don’t get everything we want right away? Why do we have to wait until we’ve grown up?
When God told the Israelites about the land he had promised them, he said that he would drive out their enemies. “But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land (Exodus 23: 29-30).” God knew that they couldn’t handle it if they got everything at once, so he planned that they would take possession in smaller pieces that were easier to handle . That’s like growing up. We get privileges and responsibilities as we show our parents we are able to handle them. God wants only the best for us and we will have the best when we follow his lead.