This is the second post in a series on building a strong relational CHAIN with your kids. There are 5 aspects to this relational CHAIN.
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Today I want to share some thoughts on Honoring your kids. A great way to do this is by celebrating their arrival. So, how can you do this effectively?
1) Show Enthusiasm: Giving high-fives and greeting a child with enthusiasm offers that child a sense of celebration and gets them excited about being there.
2) Call Them by Name: Calling a child by his or her first name makes them to feel known and valued.
(Name tags are a great way to help you and your volunteers.)
3) Set Busyness Aside: When a child arrives at your door, stop what you are doing to acknowledge each one as he or she enters the room. This focused attention lets each child (and the adults who drop them off) know that they are important to you. This is a job is so important that you may want to do it yourself!
Your ultimate goal should be to greet and treat each boy or girl the same way you would greet and treat Jesus. In Matthew 18:5 (NLT) Jesus said, "...anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me." Acknowledging and welcoming children was important to Jesus, and it should be important to us as we seek to reach and teach kids about Him.
Thanks for investing your time and energy into kids! I hope you stay encouraged as we seek to inspire world changers together!
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