Milestone Moments

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Milestone Moments are those special times when we celebrate our child and integrate faith into a rite of passage. Some milestones are - starting school, learning to write your name, learning to ride a bike, accepting Christ, learning a sport or a musical instrument, birthdays, winning awards and honors, puberty, starting middle school, starting high school, getting a driver's license and graduating high school. Each of these is a significant milestone in the development of a child and teen and can be celebrated - affirming faith and the child. When a child goes through a transition or celebrates an accomplishment, he/she is open for affirmation, information and conversations about growing up and 'the next step'. It's an ideal time to work in faith talks. Don't just buy your child gifts for these milestones, leverage the milestones for spiritual significance by giving your child memorable moments that foster his/her faith. For instance, when your child is learning to write her name, explain the significance of her name and the Biblical meaning (if there is one). This will affirm her and reinforce a sense of love and purpose when she writes her name. Some parents display their child's name and meaning in their bedroom as a way to affirm them. When your child makes a spiritual decision, like accepting Christ, affirm it with conversation, affection, celebration and a gift - like a Bible. When your child is a tween or early teen, affirm him with a powerful blessing rite of passage (see Genesis 27 for ideas). This is typically a time of insecurity, and blessing your teen can affirm his identity, belonging and sense of support - attributes he needs to navigate adolescence. Milestone moments help our children grow emotionally, spiritually and relationally. How can you celebrate some with your kids?

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