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Parent Cue Weekly :: 7/20/15



Parent Cue Weekly

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Bible Story: Daniel in the Lion’s Den • Daniel 6

Bottom Line: Get in the habit of standing up for what is right.

Memory Verse: “Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10, NIrV

Life App: Conviction—standing for what is right even when others don’t.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Why Giving You Kids Every Advantage Is A Disadvantageby Carey Nieuwhof

Before I became a dad, I made a decision: I wanted to give my kids every advantage.

When my wife and I welcomed our first son, I was ready. Our little car filled up with baby gear so plentiful we almost needed a U-Haul.

There’s no question I immediately fell into the trap of wanting to give both our boys everything I could.

They had all the name brand clothes. (I’m pretty sure only the parents noticed, and I doubt it directly impacted their grade point averages later in life)

I made sure they had the right classes, lessons, activities, and friends—all before kindergarten was even close on the horizon.

As they got older, I found myself tempted to finish their homework if they were struggling or wanting to intervene when they had a disagreement with a friend.

Honestly, the chopper was on the landing pad ready to scoop me up before this dad realized he didn’t want to be a “rescue parent.” But one day, I woke up with the realization that giving my kids every advantage can actually be a disadvantage.

Trying to insulate your kids from certain realities of life like . . .

having to start over again when it didn’t work out

failing at something they put their heart into

not getting everything they want when they want it

dealing with rejection

. . . can end up hurting your kids more than it helps them.

What parent wouldn’t want to rescue their kids from those situations? What dad or mom wouldn’t want to pull a few strings to make their kids’ hardships go away?

The tendency almost all of us feel to help them succeed is very closely related to not wanting them to fail. Too closely related actually.

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VBS Is Next Week!

We hope your kids will join us next week for Vacation Bible School. We will be teaching kids how God is bigger than anything they are afraid of. Our emphasis will be on teaching kids how to pray and trust in God no matter what. Our theme is “Fearbusters” and we will be doing some really cool experiments to show we should not be afraid of some things. With God’s help, we should have no fear.

Elementary-age-kids think like a scientist. They discover how things work through repetition and clear application. #JustaPhase

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