Dave and I have come full circle on the “how should Christian families handle Halloween” debate. As our children grew we processed through several phases: From dressing up and trick-or-treating (reserved acceptance), to participating in the biblically-based ‘Fall Festival’ at church (Christian alternative), to going to friends’ homes for parties (controlled exposure), to skipping the whole thing by taking the kids out to dinner (avoidance), then back to celebrating with family and friends, costumes and trick-or-treating (happy acceptance). We did not know what was the “right” thing to do so we simply did the best we could. Just as the kids were growing in “wisdom and stature,” Dave and I were also growing as disciples. Over the years, our kids changed, the opportunities changed, and our attitudes toward Halloween changed (more than once). What worked for our family when they were toddlers, was different than what worked during elementary, middle school and high school. We started with carefully walking the kids around the cul-de-sac and ended several years later with inviting family and friends over for Frito-chili-pie, then sending all the kids off to trick-or-treat on their own while the parents stayed behind to socialize and answer the door. This year, my 22-year old (who still loves cosplay) is throwing a murder mystery dinner party for her friends.
Most kids hit a phase when their answer to the good ol’ how-was-your-day question is less than, shall we say, informative.
I don’t know about you, but this school year has been ROUGH. It has only been 6 weeks. We have been in and out of distance learning twice already with my two elementary kids, and my preschooler is just been along or the ride. Poor guy, he really has been getting the bottom of the barrel of my attention these past few weeks. Mom guilt 100%. Add in the virtual disappearance of our support systems and babysitters (no pun intended). It takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when that village is in quarantine? This article from our curriculum provider really helped me realize that I am not failing, I am just overwhelmed. And there is grace. Lots and lots of grace for you, for your kids, and for their teachers. You are so loved, not only by your kids, but by the Father who made you. He doesn’t want you to feel like you are failing. https://theparentcue.org/youre-not-failing-youre-just-overwhelmed/
Growing up my mom was the master of our family schedule. Looking back, I have no idea how she balanced four kids’ daily itinerary’s while still finding time to go to the bathroom and do really anything else! We lived in a small mountain town that was around 45 minutes from our daily activities. I have some of the best memories from those car treks in the mountains and the conversations that my mom initiated. At AsburyKids we know that you are doing your best to make the most of your family rhythm and take advantage of those precious minutes with your kiddo. We encourage you to continue to embrace all of the little moments that you can get! I have attached a short video that might have some new tips/encouragement for your car time!
Have you ever had the realization that “oh man, my kid is actually really grasping the things they’re learning in AsburyKids, but where do we go from here?” Well I’m sure a lot of you have, and man do I have the coolest thing for you- Parent Cue! Parent Cue is a fantastic resource to engage your kids beyond Sunday mornings. With it being an app or a website, there is a lot of variety on how you use Parent Cue. Beyond the information available to you about what your kids are learning (including the video our Early Childhood kiddos use), there are many blogs, podcasts, and resources on conversations that will come up as you navigate parenting.
Hi AsburyKids parents! I have some exciting news for your little preschoolers. This month, we are going to use the super-sweet theme of Ice Cream Sundae —along with the life of Joseph— to teach preschoolers that God has a plan for them. When we put all of the parts of Joseph’s story together—just as with an ice cream sundae—it gives us a sweet reminder that we can trust that God has a plan for us, and it is always best. We just have to wait until God is done putting all of the parts together.
A Christian is someone who has come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ initiated by His grace and established through our faith in Him as our savior, but you probably knew that already. You’ve heard all the "church things" at one point of another. The Gospel. John 3:16. The Great Commission. Roman’s Road. Blah, blah, blah. I’m betting at some point —you, like me — felt that "I get it" feeling, and you were ready to move on to the greater spiritual depths of God.
Just a few Sundays ago, we had one of my favorite Sundays of the year, Kindergarten Bibles and Blessings. It’s such an adorable tradition, and I love watching all of those 5-year old’s be "oh so proud" of their Bibles. But, now what?! We gifted them (plus all of our other AsburyKids) with the most powerful and impactful book ever in existence – one that most adults don’t even understand.
Hi all! My name is Maddison Barnes, and I am the new K1 Associate. I am very excited to be here, and to help your kids follow Jesus. I wanted to take a second to tell you a little bit about me. I grew up at Asbury, my parents joined the church when I was 2 years old. I went through all the major childhood milestones here at Asbury, including baptism, kindergarten blessings, 3rd grade Bibles (now Bibles and Blessings), confirmation and grad celebration. Along with that, I have attended countless Asbury retreats, camps and mission trips. I am a graduate of Broken Arrow High School (class of 2018) and now attend TCC. I am majoring in psychology, and plan to get my bachelors after I finish my time at TCC in December. I have been on nursery staff here at Asbury since 2014, so I know a lot of you already.