January 22, 2018
This past weekend at River Valley Ranch was amazing. There's really no other way to describe it. Everything from the amazing activities, modern worship, fantastic message, to the fantastic food all contributed to a weekend that our middle schoolers and high schoolers won't soon forget.
They also learned that the best place to play our "out of control" lives is in God's control. We were made for Him to be in control. Things got out of control when we stopped trusting Him; but, when we surrender our lives to our Father's will (like Jesus did) we have a chance to be back in His control. We also talked about how, once we have made a decision to give over control to God, we can now live under His control as He lives inside of us.
What an amazing message-- and an amazing weekend!
The end of the day, right before bed time is a surprisingly vulnerable time for most people. This is also true for your kid. One night this week, pop your head inside their room before lights-out and ask if they want to talk for a few minutes. You could start by talking about your day, and then ask about theirs. Be there just to listen, and only offer advice if you’re asked.
We're still working on up-fitting the youth room to prepare it to have a youth offering on Sunday mornings. Stay tuned, as we are working on making that room something great for our kids.
I am a planner and always have been. I carefully constructed a plan for almost every life milestone.
Choosing a graduate school program in high school? Check.
Wedding dress selection? Check (as soon as he proposed)
Birth plan? Check (as detailed as it could possibly be)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed planning and longed for routine and stability. In middle school, I sat in the same seat in every class. In college, I decided on my class schedule a semester in advance.
I craved certainty and security.Even though I understood that life was anything but certain, there was something very gratifying about creating order amid chaos. Certainty is associated with clarity and predictability.
According to Dr. David Rock, the author of Handbook of NeuroLeadership, not knowing what will happen next is unsettling for humans and can be debilitating because it requires additional neural energy. Put simply, our brains have to work harder to process the unexpected.
But what happens when life throws you a curve ball that you did not, and could not, plan for?
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