God gave your children to you intentionally. You are the one to care for and lead them through each phase of life, including now. Pray for your child this week. Read the Bible together. Resolve to redeem this time for God’s glory.

Make it your goal, when your children are grown and hear the words “Coronavirus,” they smile and say, “That was the time I learned the most from my mom and dad. They taught me to trust God. They loved me well in a difficult season. They gave me the wisdom I needed most.”

We hope these simple steps will help guide you as you disciple your children during this time. We love you deeply and are praying for you and your family!

– Stephanie, Becky, and Brandy

1. Remain calm and reassuring.
Remember God is in control. We trust Him. Your children will react to what you say and how you say it. Make sure they hear your faith in God. Say often this week. “God is good.” “God loves us.” “God is in control of all things.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

2. Limit what your child hears & make memories.
Reduce screen time. Too much information about a topic can increase anxiety. Instead of watching & scrolling, make the best use of your time. Play outside. Build forts with blankets (add flashlights for fun). Play a board game together. Say to your child often this week, “I love you.” “I like spending time with you.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

3. Be Available & Honest.
Make time to talk. Go for a walk. Snuggle on the couch.

Be sure your child knows they can come to you with questions. Answer honestly and at your child’s developmental level. Keep it simple. Too much information can create confusion.

If you are nervous about conversations with your child, pray and ask God for help.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

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