If you missed the last webcast on how Stories Over Time matter, watch it here! Jared Herd just had a new baby! (Congratulations to the Herds!) So he will be hosting the next Webcast on Playing for Keeps sometime in December. Don’t miss it the opportunity to hear more what kids need need over time and to find out what’s buzzing as we wrap up tour.
It’s what makes a king out of a slave. It’s what makes the flag on the mast to wave. It’s what makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk. It’s what makes the muskrat guard his musk. It’s courage! And it’s what we are going to be talking the this month in Studio252!
We begin the month by simply defining courage as being brave enough to do what you should do even when you’re afraid. And while your children may not have a chance to appeal to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz this month, there are countless ways they will be challenged to do the right thing on a daily basis. It takes courage to stand up to the school bully. It takes courage to tell the truth. It takes courage to refuse to go along with the crowd.
For the next four weeks we want to help you, as a parent, teach your children a character quality that we believe to be fundamental in growing into a unique and confident young adult. Here are just a few creative ways the Studio 252 team has come up with to talk to your child about courage:
- Research names of silly phobias and guess what they mean.
- As a family, discuss some of your biggest fears.
- Host a movie night and watch how some of your favorite characters have the courage to stand up and do the right thing.
- Get crafty! Decorate your own shield (made from cardboard covered in foil) to protect you and give you the courage of a brave knight!
And that’s not all! Our goal this month is to provide hands-on parents with practical ways to teach their children the value of courage. Because even though you may be brave enough to ride the biggest rollercoaster in the park, it takes an entirely different kind of courage to do the right thing.
Swimsuits are being traded for jeans with belts. Flip flops are replaced by tennis shoes. Pool bags are swapped for book bags. The lazy summer days are fading into the rigid schedule of the new school year.
While your child is used to answering only to the occasional call of nature during an epic video game marathon, he will now be forced to answer to teachers, coaches, lunchroom staff, substitutes, principals, etc. etc. So what better time than now to implement a little refresher on the topic of Obedience?
This month, at Studio 252, we are providing you, the parent, with all the resources you need to reinforce the all important life app of obedience. We start by defining it in a way all kids (from age 5 to 105) will understand:
Obedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do.
Then, we provide you with countless discussion topics, activities and stories to help you emphasize this life app at home. Here are just a few activities to get you started:
- Read the book, The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci and discuss what the two sisters show us about the power of obedience.
- Play a fun twist on the game, Simon Says by having Simon do something other than what he says. See if you can obey what you’ve been asked to do, no matter what you see!
- Try following a recipe without knowing what the end product will be. Will it be a dessert? A pizza? A fruit salad? Have some fun following directions to find out!
- Host a family game night and challenge each player to follow all the rules of the game—even when the rules cost you something.
Find all these activities and more on studio252.tv. And check back with us regularly because all month long we will be updating you on the best ways to talk with your kids about obedience.
Love. Respect. Patience. Kindness. Joy. Obedience. Self-Control. Peace. Cooperation.
The list of characteristics found in those who shape their lives around who Jesus was can get a little overwhelming. So before your family gets bogged down with the task of filtering everything you do or say through fifty different character qualities, spend some time going back to the basics with us this summer.
At Studio252, we are spending the summer focusing on the three things you really need to follow Jesus:
In Luke 2:52, the Bible tells us that Jesus grew in wisdom and in favor with God (faith) and man (friendship). Isn’t it true that if you make the wise choice, you will have self-control, patience and joy? Isn’t it true that if you trust God you will have love, obedience and peace? Isn’t it true that if you treat others the way you want to be treated, you will have respect, kindness, and cooperation?
It all really boils down to those three things: wisdom, faith and friendship. So spice up your summer days with us at Studio252 by getting back to the basics with your family! Don’t know where to start? Visit studio252.tv to explore videos, discussion starters, games and more for your family. Or start with these simple family activities:
- Practice following in Jesus’ footsteps by playing a silly game of Follow the Leader.
- Just like life’s three ingredients of wisdom, faith and friendship, try this “basic” recipe with your family: Hot Dogs and American cheese wrapped in crescent rolls and baked for 12-15 minutes on 375.
- Learn a thing or two about faith with a blindfold obstacle course or a friendly family trust fall.
- Practice being a good friend by walking a whole mile in someone else’s shoes.
What is your family waiting for?
Instead of twiddling your thumbs and watching the clock slowly tick the seconds away, make the most of the time you have now by talking as a family about the importance of patience.
At Studio252, we are spending the month of May giving you some great tools to use as a parent to talk with your family and learn all about patience: waiting until later for what you want now. Want to get started right away? Try these few ideas to get your started!
- Have a family movie night and watch the Studio252 team learn an important lesson in this month’s Studio252 episode.
- Plant a few flowers and wait together as you watch them grow.
- Bake your favorite recipe and show some patience as it bakes to perfection.
- Have a family game night and practice patiently waiting your turn.
Whether you are waiting on a promotion at work, Fun Friday at school or a delicious batch of your Mawmaw’s Gooey Pecan Bars, patience is a virtue we all should master! So stop by Studio252.tv during the month of May and discover all these tips and so much more!
Friendship – spending time with someone you trust and enjoy.
A shoulder to cry on.
A partner in crime.
A helping hand.
We all need friends. We need friends to share inside jokes with. We need friends to help us carry the burdens of life. We need friends to eat the rest of the ice cream so we don’t finish an entire gallon on our own. Friendship is something we need as adults as well as something we obsess over for our children.
Will my child have any friends?
Will my child have the wrong friends?
Will my child be a good friend?
And it’s exactly what we will be talking about this month at studio252.tv! We are dedicating the whole month of April to the life app, Friendship. For your child, we have simply defined friendship as: spending time with someone you trust and enjoy. All month long we will share ideas and activities to get your family talking about friendship. In fact, here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Grab some popcorn and watch the monthly Cue Box episode as a family
- Throw a pizza party
- Encourage encouragements
- Invite a friend to church with your family
There’s all this plus so much more coming this month! So take a look around studio252.tv and get some great tips on ways to talk to your child about the difference between the kid on the bus who steals his pencils and the kid next door who helps with his chores. And hopefully you will both learn a lot about how to choose a good friend and how to be a good friend!
Honesty – choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
“My mom said I never have to brush my teeth.”
“My cat, Snowball, can play the guitar.”
“One time, I ate thirteen hot dogs in one sitting.”
If you are around kids enough, you are guaranteed to hear some pretty outrageous stories. And while these stories can provide some good laughs and fill up the pages of baby books, there comes a point when we, as parents, want to make sure we teach our children to be truthful.
That’s why, at Studio252, we are spending the whole month of March providing parents like you with resources on how to best talk with your kids about the importance of Honesty. We have given the word “honesty” a definition simple enough for your whole family to understand: choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. And we have tons of family activities, videos and tips such as:
- Watch this month’s cue box episode as a family to see what the Studio252 team learns about Honesty.
- Read Aesop’s fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf as a family and discuss.
- See how easy it is to tell truth from lies by telling each other your own tall tales.
To see these ideas and more, visit Studio252.tv each week for new materials! You’ll be glad you did—honest!
As parents, we are constantly advised to “pick our battles”. Maybe we let the B in Gym slide so we can focus on the C in English. We know better than to make them cut back on sugary drinks and eat more leafy greens in the same week. We decide not to argue about where we are going to dinner because enjoyable time together is more important than eating something other than fast food for a change. In other words, we have learned the value of Peace.
Wouldn’t it be nice if your kids saw the importance of Peace as well?
What if they realized game night was more about quality time than about the game you play? What if they didn’t argue about picking up their toys because they care more about having a happy mom? What if they ate all their veggies without having to be asked because they valued a peaceful family dinner? Well, we can’t promise miracles but we can promise to give you a great foundation to talk to your kids about the importance of having peace.
This month, at Studio252, we are talking about the life app, Peace. We have defined it as simply, proving you care more about each other than winning an argument. And all month long we will be giving you—the parent—fun tools to talk to your child about peace. For example:
- Watch the Studio252 team learn an important lesson about peace in the monthly 252 episode
- Have each member of the family share the top 5 reasons they are glad to have the others in their family
- Work together to create some artwork
- Make a delicious “peace pie” and talk about the importance of being the first to make things right after an argument
You can find all of these ideas and more during the month of February at studio252.tv and while you may not wipe out the familial rivalry altogether, maybe you can all agree it’s better to not only pick your battles but sometimes pick each other over your battles.
Check out the preview video for peace!