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What Parents Need To Hear

From the moment church is over, parents may have only one thing on their minds: time to get my kids and leave. Naturally the next step becomes similar to herding cattle: the “Parent Pickup” line. Parents wait patiently (sometimes not so much) for their turn to pick up their child. When their turn comes, more often than not I hear the question, “Did my child behave today?” While this may be the most important thing to a parent at that time, I believe as leaders it is our duty to share things with parents that they need to hear and probably wouldn’t hear unless they ask a specific question. For me there are three things I believe that all parents need to hear.

Communication Help for Parents

The average couple watches 46 hours of television every week but spends only 28 minutes communicating with each other. That’s only four minutes a day! As a children’s or family life pastor, one of the most impactful things you can provide is training on communication. Healthy communication between parents fosters not only a good relationship between the couple but also among their children.

The Dangers of Over-Communicating

Many would argue that too much communication is better than too little communicating. However, I would disagree. If our goal is to ensure parents are fully equipped to disciple their children and that they will want to utilize the services of the church, then over-communicating can be just as dangerous as under-communicating.

Help Parents Navigate the Digital Danger

As a children's pastor and a tech lover, one of my favorite things to do is to help parents navigate the dangers of raising children in a digital world. These dangers are obvious: exposure to inappropriate material, access to strangers, and even bullying by their peers. We, as pastors, need to make sure that parents are aware of these dangers and also are equipped to deal with them as they arise.

Connecting Kids to God through Their Parents

We all want Sunday mornings to be enough for the kids in our church to connect with God. Unfortunately this is not true. But once we mention teaching kids about Jesus at home, many parents appear confused and lost. With children attending church once (maybe twice) a week for a few hours at best, the only way a child is going to truly become discipled is if they are also discipled at home.

A Kids’ Pastor’s Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States determined that marriage between homosexual couples would be legally recognized in all fifty states. No doubt, our kids are hearing all about this topic both on the TV and, many times, on the playground. It’s hard for any parent to control the context in which their child may have conversations regarding this important topic. Many Christian parents have struggled with the question, “How do I talk to my kids about this?”