I’m a mom of 3 and have been working with kids in educational and ministry environments for two decades – but I still find myself amazed sometimes at what kids really love! Here’s what I’ve been discovering lately:
- Kids want to be around their parents. I know there are exceptions to this in unhealthy families, but for the most part – kids want to hang out with their parents. Mine are constantly around my husband and me, to the point where we have to intentionally plan time alone. We are cherishing this because those of you who work with teens (or have them at your house) know that they really like their alone time! Encourage your families to enjoy this time of togetherness.
- Kids love structure. This may surprise you because we think of kids wanting to be free in their play (and we certainly need to continue to provide free play time). But they also love to be led. I find that my 3 kids fuss at one another less when I get them started in a game or activity. They do their chores with less grumbling when I set goals for them. Give kids a healthy amount of structure.
- Kids want to help others. The heart of a child is so precious. Encourage parents to help give them opportunities to serve a needy neighbor, volunteer at an organization that helps the poor, or invite a child who needs a friend over to your house and let your child host a special playdate.
- Kids love learning. They may not necessarily want to do their homework, but they do love to learn! With all the special “apps” that are out, kids have access to a plethora of quality information. Try LifeWay apps for kids by searching for Bible Studies for Life (free) in the App Store and The Gospel Project for Kids (1.99) which includes one whole quarter free. Each of these has family devotionals and activities, games, music, and amazing videos. They’ll teach themselves and maybe even YOU a thing or two about Jesus, the Bible, and God’s plan for them.
What are some surprising things you’ve noticed about what kids love?