This Week in First Look - May Week 2
Who helps you do big things? God helps you do big things!
God Made Me!
WEEK 2 VERSE:
JOSHUA 1:1-9 Joshua becomes the new leader of God's people after Moses dies.
This month, our goal is to let toddlers and preschoolers know that God made them and can help them do big things! We will share bible stories, play worship videos, and engage your preschooler in hands-on activities that remind them of this basic truth!
DRIVE TIME - DO THIS!
As you drive, tell your child to look out of the window for big and little things. Encourage [him/her] to name the big and little things [he/she] sees. Maybe it's a big truck or a little bird. Talk about how God made us to do big things and He will always help us.
REMEMBER THIS: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT
PreK: Week 2 Parent Cue
Babies: May - Monthly Parent Cue
Toddlers: May - Monthly Parent Cue
God helped Joshua lead a lot of people by giving him His words, the Bible, to follow. God can help you be a strong leader too!
Tell your child: God helps me do BIG things!
Find the full instructions here!
From PreK Parent Cue:
MOTHER'S DAY GETS COMPLICATED
By Sarah Anderson
Mother’s Day highlights the gap that exists between what we wish were true and what isn’t. It’s a day where we are confronted with our highest hopes and our current disappointments.
Any other day we are okay with children who sometimes make us want to pull our hair out; we have learned to manage the hand life dealt us, so different from the one where we imagined we were mothers, or where our mothers were different from what they are; we might be able to get through without stopping up short, confronted afresh with emotions the loss of our mom or our babies have invited into our lives.
But not this day. This day it’s hard to escape what any other day we might adequately push through or cover over. And that makes it hard . . .
From Toddler Parent Cue:
HELPING YOUR PRESCHOOLER NAVIGATE THEIR EMOTIONS
By Liz Hansen
When you or I have a rough day, we have a track record. Frustrating as it may be to spend a whole day on a project that gets scrapped, we know tomorrow still has the potential to be a good day.
Preschoolers simply don’t have the life experience to see past the present instant. Emotion is reality. As far as they are concerned, what they feel in the moment is how they will feel always-and-forever-the-end.
You may not be able to fix the sandwich you cut into triangles instead of squares. But there are a few ways to help your child navigate their sea of intense feelings . . .
From Babies Parent Cue:
YOU ARE ENOUGH
By Holly Crawshaw
The thing about having a baby is that no one, no one, can prepare you for the full experience. People will give you advice—mostly unsolicited—but until you take your sweet baby home, there just aren’t words to convey the joy, pain, responsibility, honor, anxiety, and sweetness of parenthood.
My first year of parenthood was a complete fog. I remember when my daughter turned one. I had mixed emotions about the day. I was still struggling to embrace my role as someone’s mother. I wasn’t sure what I was doing as a parent. I was hard on myself. I felt like everyone was handling motherhood so much better than I was. Shouldn’t I have had it together by then?
Remember what I said about unsolicited advice?
It’s my turn. I wanted to let you new parents know—well, really I want all parents, stepparents, single parents, aaaalll you legal guardians know—it’s okay to struggle with parenthood. It’s a relationship. And relationships are messy.
I am far from an expert, but here’s another thought for you . . .
If God wanted your kid to have another parent, He’d have given your kid to someone else. He’s a pretty smart guy . . .
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