Community Building: Talking to adults respectfully


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 25:11

Words spoken at the right time are like gold apples in a silver setting.


Children will meet a variety of adults throughout their childhood. For example, a teacher will spend eight hours five days a week with your child for one year. The baseball coach might interact with your child for 5 or 6 summers throughout her baseball career. Admittedly, interacting with adults can be uncomfortable for some children, but teaching them good habits and manners, such as a how to make a proper introduction and how to speak clearly, will benefit them being confident and self-assured.

Start by practicing saying “Hello” with eye contact, a smile and possibly a handshake. Role play can be an effective tool, so make it fun and positive.  Lacking confidence and being shy can lead to awkward situations and may even come across as rude or dismissive.  Teaching your child that all people need to be acknowledged and not ignored then honors that person and shows your child that everyone is created in God’s image and should be respected. The next challenge, maintaining the conversation, may be difficult. Again, role play conversations and model conversations, that show your child that when talking with an adult, she/he can ask polite questions and tell short stories about what she/he are interested in talking about. It’s always better for a child to try and make mistakes then to not do it at all.

Having these first tools allow your child to explore talking to adults when there is a problem. Being polite, speaking clearly, and looking the adult in the eye shows respect and will allow a child to state the problem and talk about what a solution could be. Of course, a child talking to adult is the first step in solving a problem. Let your child know that you are encouraging them to talk and are open to next steps if they need assistance in talking to an adult.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. At the start of the story, what food does Liz take from Spike?
A. He eats Spike’s pretzel nuggets.

Q. Who is reading “Qualitative Analytical Chemistry: A Comprehensible Introduction”?
A. Chamy is reading it.

Q. According to Mr. Weisenheim, what is the most important thing in science?
A. Mr. Weisenheim says curiousity.

Q. After the pop quiz, what mark did Chamy receive?
A. Chamy received a C-

Q. Which adult helped the kids talk to Mr. Weisenheim?
A. Miss Wattle helped them talk to Mr. Weisenheim.


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.


Every letter in the New Testament contains at least one command to believers to live at peace with one another. Take a look at some of the following verses:
John 13:34; Romans 12:10; Romans 15:5; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Philippians 2:3; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 13:6


We are repeatedly instructed to love one another (John 13:34; Romans 12:10), to live in peace and harmony with one another (Romans 15:5; Hebrews 12:14), to settle our differences among ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:11), to be patient, kind and tenderhearted toward one another (1 Corinthians 13:4), to consider others before ourselves (Philippians 2:3), to bear one another’s burdens (Ephesians 4:2), and to rejoice in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6)


Practice and role play with your family on how to say “Hello” with eye contact, a smile and possibly a handshake. Role play conversations by asking polite questions and by telling short stories.
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