Category - Parent Info

Mental Health Awareness Month

By Lisa Holliday

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this month we will also acknowledge Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

The number of young people, along with their families, who are affected by mental health disorders is significant.  The current estimate is that one in every five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder that can be identified and require treatment. These mental health disorders can include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive, panic and bipolar. Without treatment, the consequences of these disorders can include school failure, lack of social connections, criminal justice involvement and even suicide.

Families, schools and faith organizations can work together to serve the children and families affected by these disorders. At Church of the Resurrection, we offer ways to receive help for mental health needs. Play therapy is offered on a limited basis through KiDSCOR for children ages 3-12. (For more information on this, contact Rev. Lisa Holliday at  Congregational Care offers “Live Forward” each Thursday evening which includes a meal, worship and classes for support and education. Therapists and counselors in the schools and wider community can also offer immeasurable help and support.

If your child and family struggle with one or more of these disorders, please know you are not alone AND it is not your fault.  Your church and God are here to help you.  Please reach out if you need support. You are and will be accepted, loved and cared for on this journey.

Top 10 REasons that the Parent Summit ROCKS!

By Krista Pishny

Every year, I look forward to attending the KidsCOR Parent Summit. So you might wonder why I would give up valuable time on a Saturday morning to learn about something I’ve been doing for 6+ years? Here are my top 10 REasons:

#10 REalize – Listening to the speakers and other parents at the Parent Summit helps me to realize and remember that the parenting journey is not an easy one, but that there is power in working together to parent better.

#9 RElax – No laundry to fold, no dirty dishes, no “mom, Mom, MOMMMM” at the Parent Summit. Instead I get a couple of hours to sit back, relax, and listen.

#8 REfuel – Snacks when I walk in and lunch for the family at the end – that’s what I call a win/win!

#7 REview – Admit it. You’ve got loads of parenting articles and websites you’ve been meaning to review or maybe just stuff you’ve pinned about parenting, but who has time to wade through all that information to get the good stuff? The great news is that the Parent Summit does that for you by picking out important parenting information and providing it in an easy to absorb way.

#6 REfresh – I always come away from the Parent Summit with a few new creative ideas and parent-tested tricks to try out to make my parenting path a little bit smoother.

#5 REconnect – It’s always nice to have some time to reconnect with my friends and fellow parents, as well as meet new ones, as we try to guide our kids down the rocky road of growing up.

#4 REboot – There are no perfect parents, right? Right? OK, I’ll admit that on occasion my parenting patterns could use a little reboot. For me, the Parent Summit is always a great place to take a little time to re-evaluate what I’m doing and to reboot where needed.

#3 REaffirm – Probably more often than we realize, we’re actually doing a pretty good job at this whole raising-little-humans thing. Every time I attend the Parent Summit, it seems like I have several “Aha” moments when a speaker affirms that, in fact, I am right on target in some areas.

#2 REnew – Ever feel like day after day, year after year, parenting kind of becomes the same ‘ol, same ‘ol? After a morning at the Parent Summit, I always leave feeling renewed, excited, and more enthusiastic about my most important job.

#1 REminder to REdedicate – The Parent Summit reminds me about this amazing little blessing from God with which I have been entrusted and equips me with new tools to help me parent her to the best of my ability. As Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries puts it: “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.”

It’s Move up Weekend In KiDSCOR!

By Denise Mersmann

This is an exciting week for our KiDSCOR kids as they move to their new Sunday school classrooms! While we love to believe that this will be an easy transition, we know that for some of our kids this change can be exciting and . . .stressful.

So how can we, as parents, make the transition a little better? Here are a few suggestions for things that you can do help your child make their move up a little smoother.

Arrive on time – when you are not rushed and kids get to their class on time, they have a chance to check out their new room and settle in.

Give them some things to “share” after class. Tell them you want to know their teachers names, what songs they sang, what the lesson was. Getting them something to focus on can distract them from feeling lonely.

Plan a stop at the café or your favorite restaurant to celebrate their move to a new class.

Remind your child that many of their same friends will be there, just in a new room.

Ask your child what they hope will happen in their class this week and to guess what new things they might get to do this year. Be sure and ask them when you pick them up if they guessed well!

Remind them how much you love them and that you will be backvery soon to pick them up! And seal the deal with a big hug or a high five!

It’s going to be a great year in KiDSCOR and we can’t wait for kick off. See you Sunday!

Talking To Your Kids About Disasters

This weekend KiDS COR will be praying for the people of Joplin as well as making pictures and small care packages to send down to the kids of Joplin.

A question that always pops in my mind after these events is how to talk to kids about them, not only my own kids but also those that will be attending Sunday school. Do you just ignore discussing it all together or at what age is it appropiate to initiate a discussion with kids about natural disasters. No doubt many elementary kids see the pics & videos on TV or the computer.
Here are a couple of links that may be helpful in responding not only to Joplin but to other disasters in the future.
First, a link to article written by Pastor Adam geared for adults to help us make sense of what is happening.
Second, a couple of articles written by Pastor Dale Hudson a Children’s Pastor in Florida. Talking to Children About Disasters Part 1 and Part 2

I was able to chat with my 3 year old boys about this on Saturday afternoon when we brought cases of water to church with us. They wanted to know “why?” We talked about the bad storms that came and how people needed water to drink because there faucets were broken because of the storm. Nothing too intense but they understood we were helping people in need.

Anyone out there have any tips, suggestions, or stories about this? Did you chat with your child about the Tornado in Joplin did your children initiate a conversation. Feel free to leave a comment and begin a conversation.
-Nick Ransom

Overcoming Obstacles: Part 3

During our Parenting the Faith Journey seminar we had the opportunity to watch a skit that illustrated some of the obstacles families face when trying to focus on the spiritual development of their kids. One of the obstacles was just learning how to help your kids grow in faith. Below is the list of ideas Parents came up with on how they could learn more ways to talk to their kids about faith:

• Subscribe to the KiDS COR RSS blog feed
• Visit blog
• Get the GPS each week
• Attend classes at church (from KiDS COR and Adult Discipleship Ministries)
• Talk to KiDS COR Staff
• Fellowship with other parents
• Join a small group to study together
• Volunteer in KiDS COR to see what happens in Sunday school
• Attend church every week, don’t skip, make it a priority
• Model what faith looks like for your kids
• Model Bible study and prayer
• Meet other families at church and worship together
• Read
• Read the Bible regularly
• Do the adult GPS
• Join a Bible study at church
• Participate in Building Better Moms
• Pray for guidance
• Visit the church bookstore

What A Month!!

It may have been a quiet month on the blog, but KiDS COR was anything but quiet! June was full of camps and other exciting things taking place, here’s a quick recap of the month.

The month began with over 1,300 kiddos attending Vacation Bible Camp. We raised over 11,000 for our mission project sweet sleep!!!

Following VBC we had two weeks of sports camp. These included Basketball, Soccer, Cheer and Dance Camp. Over 500 campers participating in our sports camps!

Our biggest Kids Room at the church (Bible Theatre) got a new paint job as well during the month of June!

Thank You Sunday School Guides!!

As the school year winds down we want to thank all our guides for leading our classrooms during the school year. We are inviting all our kids to write a thank-you note for their guide and bring it with them the next time they come to KiDS COR. Click here to find a listing of all our elementary guides. Click Here to find a listing of all our Early Childhood guides.

Finding God’s Love

This weekend those in 2nd grade and below were reminded about the love of Jesus from Mark 10:13-16. These verses tell of a time when Jesus stops what he is doing to bless the children that were coming to him. Often we refer to God as our heavenly father to try and somehow describe the love he has for us.
Those in Kindergarten-2nd grade saw a clip from the movie “Finding Nemo” that was meant to help them understand the love God has for all of us. In this clip the entire ocean world is raving about the extraordinary measures Marlin has taken to try and find his lost son Nemo. Marlin has faced sharks, jelly fish, and sea monsters to name a few but nothing has stopped him from looking for his son Nemo. This clip only scratches the surface when it comes to describing God’s Love, but it seems like a good starting point.
If you have some time in the next week watch Finding Nemo with your kids and talk about Marlin’s love for his son Nemo, then talk about the love God has for all his children.