It’s normal for kids to get frustrated by their families sometimes. Especially after being confined in close quarters. Some of you may be experiencing some of the issues these two siblings have.
Share the following video [5:25]:
Emily and Evelyn
- Any of these scenarios look familiar? Which ones could you relate to? (Allow your students a chance to share some of their own experiences but be sure to monitor the conversation to keep it kind and light-hearted.)
Most parents are trying really hard to understand what you’re going through—after all, Mom and Dad are in this, too. They are trying to hear each side of a dispute and come up with a solution that may or may not satisfy every person involved. There are some things your parents can’t do anything about—like social distancing. And there truly may be some things that your parents just don’t seem to “get”—before or after the quarantine.
Misunderstanding can be a two-way street. You think your parents don’t understand you? What about you understanding them?
- What are some of the things that kids may not understand about their parents? (Try to guide them toward a deeper perspective. Examples: most middle-schoolers don’t realize what it’s like to go to work, raise children, pay bills, repair a car, etc. Allow students to think through some of the things they may not understand with regard to current situations in the world right now.)
Sad but true, parents and kids don’t always understand each other perfectly. But even when they miss connections, they still have responsibilities to each other. For example, your mom and dad have a responsibility to feed you and give you a place to sleep. And you have responsibilities to them which begin with showing them honor. Let’s take a few minutes to explore what the Bible says about honoring Mom and Dad.