My family and I were all caught by surprise when school was suddenly closed due to the Coronavirus. I have three kids ages 12, 9, and 6, and it became my responsibility to teach them from home. I felt unprepared, and I wondered how it would be possible to carry this load. One thing I noticed right away is that because my kids are all in different grades, with their own things to do everyday. I found that it was hard to keep up with not only their schooling, but also with their individual emotional needs. It wasn’t just school that had been taken away from them, but suddenly playtime with their friends, extra curricular activities, and church. At the end of the day, what would be the most important thing they learned? How could I manage it all?
How To Help Your Kids
First of all, I cannot help anyone if I am not doing well. Helping my kids is similar to when the flight attendant explains that the adult should put their own oxygen mask on before assisting their child. Creating an atmosphere of joy, peace, and love is my responsibility as a parent.
I have a long history with God, and I have seen Him do the impossible in my life. He has healed me, delivered me, and rescued me. He has taken what the enemy meant for evil in my life, and He has turned it around for my good. I know that He will come through again and again. He has done it for me, and my kids need to know He will do it for them, too. Kingdom living is much simpler than we tend to make it. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14 ESV).
Abiding In Jesus
If the Kingdom of heaven belongs to children, how do we show them this? Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4 ESV). Abiding is simply turning our affection toward Him and remembering that He is present with us! Jesus has an answer to every problem. He has healing for our minds and bodies. He has everything we need. Our kids need us living in God’s Presence. They need to learn how to turn their affection toward Him. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. (Matthew 11:30). He is practical and supernatural!
A practical thing to do is to check in with our kids and ask them how they are doing. “How are you feeling today? How are your friends. Tell me about… How can I help?” They need to know that they are seen and known. After all, isn’t this what abiding with Jesus looks like?
Enjoy Your Time Together
He calls us friends. When school gets stressful, take a break and play together, turn up the worship music and bake cookies, or go for a bike ride. I have a list of declarations on our pantry door for the kids to say aloud. My kids love to hear about miracles, so I read the Gospels to them and we talk about how Jesus healed people. When we do these things, we are teaching them to take His yoke upon them. The most important thing to teach our kids, is how to abide in Jesus. When they know how to live in His Presence, they will thrive in all circumstances.