Kids know more about you than you know about them.
People are wired to pay closer attention to someone who has power over their world. Think about it. You know more about the President than he knows about you. As kids grow up, they depend on the adults in their world to get food, take them places and pay for their stuff.
It just makes sense for them to pay attention to what you like (so they can sweet talk you later) or listen to what you dislike (so they don't accidentally make you mad.)
Probably why marketing execs spend 15% of their budgets on target audience.
Kids get this intuitively. They want to have influence with you, so it's in their nature to study you. As an adult, you don't need kids they way they need you. You have to be far more intentional about knowing them if you want to have influence.
If you're still reading, you care about the future of kids. BUT, if you want to shape their future, they need to know they matter to you.
As Rita Pierson reminds us above, "Kids don't learn from people they don't like."
It's also true that kids don't learn from people who don't like them. They will never feel like you like them if you don't know them. What we don't know will ultimately sabotage our mission.
As we get "Ready to Launch" into a new school year and new routines, consider getting to know some of your kids peers. Message me to help lead Sunday school, or help with Tween Time or our newest venture for kids K-2nd, AMP. or if you have a different or new idea.
You won't have to create lessons. No, just get to know kids.
You'll find yourself pretending, ensconced in fantasy play, and talking about imaginary experiences. You'll find yourself in a battle for your attention, your focus & your approval. You'll find kids excited about what you are excited about. You'll find kids that can’t wait to show you how strong, smart or fast they are.
What happens in Tween Time, or Kindergarten Small group on Sunday morning, may be just as important as what happens in "Big Church," but I'm not so worried about what's important as I am as what's impactful.
It's my joy to serve you and your family!