Several years ago I was serving in the second grade classroom one Sunday when a mom of one of our “wild” boys came to pick him up. I pulled her to the side and said I wanted to tell her something. Her face dropped. She was used to teachers calling her aside to tell her about her boy. But, not this time. I wanted to tell her what a great kid he was and how I saw him as a real leader. I couldn’t wait to see how the Lord was going to use him. Her eyes filled with tears as she told me that no one had ever said anything like that to her before. She had only heard how difficult he was or some kind of trouble he had gotten into.
I wasn’t making it up! I truly saw leadership potential in this kid – even as a second grader. But, seeing her reaction made me know that this is an important part of what I do in children’s ministry. I always tell my volunteers that we aren’t just doing children’s ministry, but that we minister to the whole family. I believe that with all my heart and this is a great example of ministering to parents.
I see one of the most important parts of my job is to encourage parents. I see myself as their biggest cheerleader. Any time I can give parents a “Great job!”, “You’ve got this”, or “It’s just a phase – you’ll be okay!”, I’m eager to do it.
Every time I turn around I see an article on social media heaping more guilt on parents for what they’re doing – or sometimes not doing. So many opinions and so much pressure is placed on parents from every direction. If I can be a voice of encouragement, I am going to take any opportunity to do just that. That’s my favorite way to partner with parents.
And that little second grader? Well, he earned the National Merit Scholarship, spent a year doing missions, and has grown up to be one of the finest young men I know. So parents – Take heart! You are doing great!!!