September means back-to-school shopping and shopping often means that kids get some cool new shoes! This month, focus on what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. The strongest families have a keen awareness and sensitivity to what the other members of the family are going through.
Find some time when all family members are present and take turns finishing the sentences below. Kids go first:
- The best thing about being my age is… (and tell why).
- The hardest thing about being my age is… (and tell why).
- During my day at school/work, the hardest thing I face is…
- During my day at school/work, the part I enjoy most is…
Everyone in the family will want to listen carefully to the answers. And remember: There are no wrong answers. Make sure you accept all answers without dismissal or judgment. Refrain from any comments like, “Oh, yea. You think that’s hard. Just wait until…”or “Oh sure. That’s easy for you to say. You don’t know what it’s really like to…”
Give everyone a chance to respond and then ask: Did you gain any insight about what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes? Any surprises? End your time with a prayer. Thank Jesus for the positive things about your lives and ask for His grace and help in the hard times.
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