Engage With Your Kids
Being a parent can feel overwhelming at times, especially on only a few hours of sleep. Life is busy with appointments, dance lessons, and ball games. Your goals are great – train and teach your child to be decent citizens, Godly Christians, and responsible adults. But it’s normal to have days when all you can do is keep your kids alive. It’s a good thing they are so cute and lovable!
We at Grace Kidz want you to know we are on your side and we’ve got your back!
- We offer a place for your child while you get refreshed by spending time with adult friends and with God.
- We teach your child about God, the Bible, and the loving sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
- We can help you with providing resources, praying for your family, and supporting your efforts as parents.
Engage with your kids using Gospel Project Resources
Use the Take Home paper/card your child received at church to review the lesson during the week.
- Have your child talk about the picture and what is happening in the story. Also ask them, “What did God do?” and “How does this relate to Jesus?”
- Ask them the “Big Picture Question” and talk about what the answer means.
- Other questions might be, “What activity did you do in class?” “What was your favorite part of the story?” “What was something new you learned?” and “Why do you think this story is important?”
Use the app to watch the video together, do the Big Picture puzzle, and color the story picture. Close your time by singing the theme song.
- The free version has a coloring page, The Big Picture question, and a Big Picture puzzle.
- There is also a version that costs 99 cents for each quarter. In this version you also get the lesson video and unit theme song.
Bible Verses about Parenting
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Focus on the Family offers many resources (articles, books, videos, magazines) from a Christian perspective for parents of babies through teens.
- Adventures in Odyssey has exciting Christian audio stories your child to listen to.
- Crosswalk has articles on parenting.
- LifeWay is the company who produces the Gospel Project Curriculum we us on Sundays. They have articles on parenting you might find encouraging.
- Family Life Blended has encouragement and resources for the blended family.
- Macaroni Kids lists all the friendly happenings in the Peoria area.