Category Archives: October

Halloween’s Open Door

It’s Halloween. A day that people either love or hate. There is not much middle ground here. Either folks go all out dressing as witches and vampires, or they avoid it at all cost, preaching the origin as pagan and demonic.

No matter what side of the issue you stand on, it’s a holiday we all have to deal with. Your children may be dressing as biblical characters and going to church, or they may be plotting their course through the neighborhoods with the biggest houses. No matter which direction they scatter, it is important we remember that this is an opportunity to minister love.

On the other side of your door will be the innocent young ones or worldly children who may be lost and forgotten. They may be scared or greedy. Too young or too old. Too timid or too aggressive. Whatever the case, they are ALL God’s children and in need of love. Kindness. And generosity.

This is our opportunity to plant seed in children we may never see again. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime open door to add value to a little life and a not-so-little life. So plan a strategy in which they will never forget your house and the love that lives there.

Tonight  the world will come to our doors. They will be looking for candy. The question is, what will they find? Will it be a smile and gentle conversation, or will it be a dark door with curtains drawn. From this night on, our houses will be labeled. Will they be known as the houses where love dwells? The choice we make will last a lifetime.

~ A Faith Classic ~

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Preventing Fear

As the holiday season approaches, many young children will look forward to all of the new adventures the season brings.

But for some hesitant young souls, the thought of a new experience brings a fear of the unknown – especially if they have already lived through situations where they were unprepared (unpleasant travel, a hospital stay, divorce arrangements).

When a child knows what to expect ahead of time, he is less likely to experience fear. 

If you already know about the new experiences your child will be facing this season, perhaps you could take the time now to prepare him. Below is an example of how to assure and reassure a child that all will be well.

Recently, one of our associates traveled with her 3-year-old son to Northern Ireland. In anticipation of the airport ordeal, we wrote a 24 page picture book of what to expect. It included walking through the metal detector, the pat down, stroller storage, dinner and breakfast, sleeping on the plane (some passengers wore masks), restroom issues, when he would have access to his book bag, changing planes in London, luggage retrieval, and the taxi ride.

The book and the trip were a wonderful success. He carried it in his book bag and referred to it often – on his own – for both the trip there and for the return flights.

Here are a few tips to help you write your own “Book of Anticipation.”

We bought a small, hard cover photo album at a dollar store. We had several designs to choose from and selected the one with the most sturdy binding. The pages were written in MSWord, with photos from Google images.

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The educational principle illustrated above is discussed on our website in the article titled “Building a Network of Prior Knowledge.

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