Helping Kids Make the Right Choice – Even when it’s difficult.
I received an email from a parent the other day. He posed an interesting question. I sent him a reply and let him know I would blog about it to see if anyone else had some thoughts. Here is his email with a revised version of my reply underneath. Let me know your thoughts!
Saturday we’ve been invited to attend the circus. It’s free for us and anybody we want to bring. Even the snacks are free. I challenged my kids to invite somebody who has parents who either don’t have the means to take them or the desire to take them. Somebody different from their normal friends.
My son says “at church they always tell us to ‘find that person at school who doesn’t have a friend and be their friend’, but then they are always wanting to hang around me because they’ve got no other friends and that’s annoying”. We talked about how maybe there’s a reason why they don’t have friends and it’s because they aren’t very good to be around. My answer was “hang in there buddy and keep trying”, but I don’t feel good about that answer. As an adult I do the same thing. There are people I like more than others, phone calls I don’t take, and situations I avoid because someone is there who will make fun of me or belittle me or will be gossiping and I don’t want any part of it. Just thinking. There may not be a good answer, but as a family ministry maybe we need to provide a solution to what we’re asking our kids to do.