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Parental Influence

       A few weeks ago, I saw this article posted by a parent and thought it was interesting.  The article is titled, "7 Ways Parents Push Their Kids Away from God Without Realizing It."  I think the best line of the article is this, "If you boil Christian living down to church attendance and morality, your children will notice."  I can see that applying to all aspects of life...  If your life is only about work, your children will notice.  If sports are all about winning, your children will notice.  If keeping up with your neighbors is incredibly important, your children will notice.  Here's the article:

       If you don't have time to read through the whole article, here are the author's 7 points for things youth need from their parents so they won’t abandon God:

  • They need you to stop handing their faith off to youth leaders
  • They need you to care as much about their struggles as you do about their salvation
  • They need you to answer the questions they are asking
  • They need you to stop protecting them
  • They need to see God as more than rules and church attendance
  • They need to see your struggles and doubts
  • They need you to plead for God to build and sustain their faith

Discussion questions with MS students:  What are the most important aspects of Christianity? What is most important about life? Do you think that I demonstrate that? What's most important about your life? Do you think you demonstrate that?

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Pre-teen slang


       It's always difficult to keep up with slang students use because we aren't in their "world."  But it always helps to at least have a general knowledge of what's going on in their culture.  Here are two sites that list some common terms teens and pre-teens may use.  In no way is it an exhaustive list, but I've heard several of them used by our students lately.

       Also, if you ever have a question about what a word means or the actual definition behind it, Urban Dictionary is a helpful resource.  It's very blunt and contains adult language, but it helps define some slang terms our students use.

Discussion questions with MS students:  Do you use any of these words? Do they mean (insert definition)? What are some other words kids seem to use a lot and what do they mean? It's also a good time to talk about phrases you may have seen/heard, but may not understand...such as "Netflix and Chill."

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