One of the toughest job as a parent is helping your child deal with pain or disappointed. Seeing their eyes shimmering in tears, their mouths turned down in a frown and their shoulders dropping can shred a parents heart in two. Sadly, pain and disappoint are essential a part of growing up. They teach us how to interpret, analyze and process these situations and its our job as parents to give our children the tools to make logical and acceptable decisions on how to deal with those situations . Whether its losing a loved one or failing a math test, children need to know that it is okay to make mistakes and feel pain, but how we choose to deal with it that this the real measurement of a person’s character.
I am a firm believer that when disappointing situations arise, we should not shelter our children from these situations, but rather provide them with the tools and show them how to react appropriately. This past holiday season, Great Oma passed away. Sadly, this isn’t my children’s first experience with death of a loved one, but it situation that we thought was important to expose our children to. We talked about how death is a part of life and how to cherish the good times we had. We cried in front of our children to show that its OK to cry and how it is a process of healing and saying good bye. They cried, they asked questions and they grew because of the this experience. It allowed us to keep an open dialogue going and I think strengthened our family bond.
Another way, that I am helping my children deal with troubling situations is sharing the Word of God and His amazing love. By reading the bible, it provides my children with stories, solutions, hope and love. It offers something they can hold on to – knowing God will never let them down. No matter what is happening — whether you are happy, scared, angry, or sad — God is always in control, and He is always good.
Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids