1. READ THE BIBLE AS A FAMILY.
Reading the Bible and teaching kids God’s Word at home is really importing in helping your kids, and yourself, grow in faith and wisdom. Find a rhythm or a routine that works for your family and your schedule and make that time a priority. You could find a Bible reading plan, ask your kids what they would like to read about or use the Family Connection Card kids receive on the weekend to guide your reading time. Talk about what you read, allow your kids to ask questions and ask them questions, too.
2. IT’S OK IF YOU DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS.
Sometimes as parents we feel like we need to have all the answers to the questions our kids ask, but the reality is that there is no way we could possibly have all the answers to everything in every situation. When we don’t know the answer to something, it’s a great opportunity to model humility. We can admit we don’t know, but then work on discovering the answer together.
3. PRAY WITH YOUR KIDS AND PRAY FOR YOUR KIDS.
Prayer should be more than just a bedtime and mealtime routine. If your kids share that they are struggling with something, afraid or excited about something, or just need encouragement, stop what you are doing and pray with them. It might feel awkward if this is new for you, and that’s OK. Model for your kids that we can pray anytime, anywhere and about anything. God wants us to talk to him, to share our thoughts and feelings with him. Spending time in prayer deepens our relationship with Him. Also, on your own time, pray bold prayers for your kids on a daily basis. Pray for their current situations, their futures, their faith.
4. SPEND TIME WITH OTHER CHRISTIAN PARENTS.
Most likely, other parents have experienced the same challenges that you are going through and can offer support and encouragement when those tough times come. Surrounding yourself and your kids with other Christians will remind you that you’re not alone. If you are not in a small group, join a group with others who have kids of similar ages. Small groups are a great place to ask questions, share experiences and get encouragement from one another. Your kids will see you spending time with other parents who share your faith and will learn the benefits of surrounding ourselves with other believers, learning to do the same.
5. ATTEND CHURCH ON THE WEEKEND.
Our mission at EBC Kids is to prepare kids to be lifelong followers of Jesus. We work toward this by creating age-appropriate environments where kids can feel welcome and safe, have fun, learn about Jesus, and feel known and loved by Him and others. From preschool through fifth grade, kids connect with leaders and their peers and learn more about God through singing, teaching and Bible stories. We hope to provide kids with a foundation, a place and an opportunity where they can make the decision to follow Jesus and then grow in their faith. So bring your kids to church and attend yourself.
6.USE THE EBC KIDS RESOURCES AND TOOLS.
Next time you pick up your child from Kid-O-Deo or Elevate, grab a Family Connection Card. These cards give you an idea of what kids are learning in their weekend service, provide a guide to dig deeper in the Bible, and give you questions and actives to work through as a family. You can also visit eaglebrookchurch.com to watch videos of the weekly memory verse and lesson. Taking time at home to use these tools and expand on what kids are learning in church on the weekend is a great way to help kids grow in their knowledge, understanding and faith.
7. LEAD WITH GRACE.
Jesus shows us grace, and in the same way, we must model grace. Grace means we forgive, even when it’s not earned. When your kids mess up, remember the grace you’ve been given and extend that same grace to your kids. Be gentle and understanding. Use mistakes as an opportunity to teach your kids and help them grow.
8. SERVE AS A FAMILY AND MODEL GENEROSITY.
As a family, sign up to serve at church, at an organization in your community or simply make cookies for a neighbor or write a note to a friend. Talk about and teach your kids what it means to be generous—with time, money and stuff. Kids love to feel like they’ve made a difference and as a family you will experience a great sense of joy in doing so.
9. CONNECT WITH YOUR FAITH EVERY DAY.
Share a verse or devotional, pray about things as they come up, recognize God’s work in your life and point it out to kids in the moment. Ask your kids questions like, “What do you think Jesus would want us to do?” This helps kids relate their faith and what they are learning about God to their lives and helps them apply what they know and make good decisions based on that foundation. Your kids are learning the most about faith by watching you.
10. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND BE INVOLVED IN THE GROWTH OF YOUR CHILD’S FAITH.
You are responsible for your family’s spiritual development. Church is a resource that you should take advantage of in growing a child’s faith and wisdom, however, work needs to be done at home as well. We only get an hour every weekend, but you get hundreds of hours and opportunities to teach, reinforce and grow your kids’ faith at home. Ask God to help show you opportunities to do that. Make time to teach kids about who Jesus is. Show them how to love Him and guide them in how God wants us to live our lives and follow after him every day. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”