Ask your preteens if everyone had a safe week. Share something from your experience that caused you to feel worried during the week. For example, perhaps news reports about rioting concerned you or a family member lost a job or came down with COVID-19.
- Have you ever noticed that sometimes your parents worry about you? What are some things that parents worry about? (Call on students who seem to have a story to tell, and encourage them to explain their answer. Answers will vary, but may include topics like safety, crime, finances, friends, and social distancing.)
Let’s watch a news story about some parents who may have good reason to worry.
Show the following video to your students [:51]:
Parents worried about drivers at Springfield bus stop
Remember school buses? They could cause lots of concerns. The parent who was interviewed in the video seemed genuinely concerned about the safety of the kids getting off the school bus.
- Do you think she was right to be worried? Explain. (Allow your preteens to analyze the situation.)
- What could have happened if an excited child—or even a teenager—had run across the street without looking to see if a car was coming? (Discuss the possibilities of injury and perhaps death.)
- What’s it like when your mom or dad starts to worry about something, and they make a big deal about it? How does that make you feel? (Feelings may include annoyance, anger, or embarrassment. Or perhaps gratefulness and effort to understand.)
- When your parents are making a big deal about something, are you ever tempted not to obey them? Explain. (Encourage individuals to share their perspective.)
When it comes to obedience, there can be misunderstandings between kids and their parents. That’s nothing new. It even happened to Jesus!