By: Luisa Del Río
Being a missionary has been an incredible experience. Arriving in a culture different than mine, learning about their customs and traditions, their way of talking, their needs and preparing myself to give the best of me has been a challenge. But the greatest challenge has been to pastor the little ones and give their parents advice.
Kids nowadays come with a different internal chip. They are born connected to the digital world. They are straightforward; they need proof for everything and want to know everything.
When it comes to talking to kids, you need to get to the point and avoid beating around the bush. Introduce them to a God they can relate to, a God who becomes like a kid to conquer their heart.
We thank God for Queen Esther and David the Warrior who came to make the Kids Zone a better place.
Every Little Big Heroes class not only has a great message, but the best thing is that they are designed to connect the kids to the Word of God in a dynamic way.
Keep an eye on the amount of time your child spends in front of a screen or on electronic devices.
Many parents make the mistake of entertaining their kids with a phone or playing something on TV or a tablet. What great danger! Kids are just a click away from content that is very violent and pornographic.
These devices cannot replace the time you, as a parent, spend with your kids. They can’t replace play time or social interaction with other kids and very much less feed our little ones spiritually.
Playing is an opportunity to get to know your child and talk to them about topics you wouldn’t touch at home. A soccer match, going on a walk, visiting a museum or board games are great ways to spend time with them and learn with them.
In our house, lunch time is very important. It’s the only moment in the day where the four of us sit at the table to talk, enjoy each other’s company and share about our own things. During this time, there are certain limits: no answering calls, no cell phones, and no TV. It’s an important time for us and we want to make sure nothing takes away from it.
Establish limits on the time your children spend on electronic devices. Supervise the games they play and the content they watch. Do not allow your kids to isolate themselves and live in a virtual world far from reality. Use parental control to manage their internet access.
A good idea is to subscribe them to the Little Big Heroes YouTube channel and share with them the stories and activities that are posted there.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Luisa Del Río