Have you ever wondered if you are truly making a difference in what you are doing?
I found myself wondering if I was really making a difference in the lives of these wonderful children entrusted to me every week here at Champion. You know, when you feel like perhaps what you are doing isnâ€™t enough. Then, one day while I was shopping I heard, â€œMrs. Kim!â€ squealed from across the store. The next thing I knew, I was enveloped in a running hug from one of my small friends. This has happened several times. It makes a difference in my day and in my perspective. It also makes a difference in the lives of the people the kids are with â€“ especially if they donâ€™t know me. It gives me a chance to tell them and others aroundÂ what I do and where.
When this happened I realized I must be making a difference. I donâ€™t ever want to stop learning to be and do all that God has for me to do. I want to continue making a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
I realized just spending time with them and loving them makes a difference. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, â€œLet the little children come to Me. Donâ€™t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.â€ NLT. I couldnâ€™t find a better reason to love on and grow with these kids!
Helpful Nursery/Preschool Tips
If you have never left your child with anyone, leaving them alone in the Churchâ€™s nursery/preschool for the first time may be traumatic for the both of you. Making sure your child and teachers are prepared and have what they need can truly make a good difference in how your child responds the first few times you leave them.
The first thing that you can do is be calm. This will help make the experience a happy occasion. If your child seems upset, stay with the child for the first couple of visits and help with the class. It may prove to help you too.
One thing that helps many families is preparing their anxious child by having someone babysit them several times, so their child is used to them going away and returning again.
To help the teachers at any daycare or at Champion, have a list of â€˜special cries and actionsâ€™ â€“ Iâ€™m wet, hungry, tiredâ€¦. This way the teachers will know them. Bringing a special comforting toy, blanket or whatever that he/she likes can help to put your child at ease.
If you are comfortable and you know the child isnâ€™t in any real trauma, donâ€™t be afraid to leave your son or daughter if they are crying. If they are having a difficult time, we will page you to come back.
Come in before your childâ€™s first day in the nursery/preschool and see what we are doing, fill out the info card and get a copy of the handbook. Weâ€™d love to show you around and make you feel comfortable too!
Following these simple tips can make a huge difference in helping you to prepare your son or daughter and yourself when getting them used to going to church. When they realize how much fun they have, they wonâ€™t want to leave!
I know from experience that leaving your precious little ones can be very difficult, but the benefits my children and I received from following these tips made it so much easier. I thank God for the wonderful people He surrounded our children with when we started to leave them in Sunday School, He is Awesome!