Back-to-school time provides an excellent opportunity to talk with children about the differences they will experience with peers. Our kids will be in contact with children who have different values which affect their choice of words, clothing, and friendships.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:12 & 6:13) and Esther (Esther 3:5) all stood for what was right even though it was not easy or popular.
And…God protected them.
Here’s a portion our Family Time Training Remnant Activity that encourages kids to follow Jesus in a culture with different values.
- Ask: Do you ever hear kids use words that you have been told not to use (words like “stupid” or “hate”)? What do you do? Or what do you do when other children are laughing at someone who is different?
- Look at some popular magazines together. Ask: Do you ever see kids wearing clothes that are not modest, that reveal too much? How do you feel about not being able to wear those kind of clothes? Is it hard?
- Discuss friendships. Ask: What type of characteristics in another bring out your best? What are the personality qualities another may have that reinforce a bad peer pressure situation?
It takes forethought and intentionality to pick friends like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Esther. It also take parental prayer. Pray for a remnant of good friends for your child. Pray for that double wall of protection around your child’s heart and mind. Tweet about this post!
Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.
How have you assisted your children in choosing a friendship remnant?
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi, father of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting team member, Founder of Family Time Training