December 2018 - Toddlers Parent Cue

DECEMBER

         2018

BIBLE STORY:
LUKE 2:1-7
Joseph and Mary travel
to Bethlehem where Jesus
is born in a stable, for no
rooms were available.
SAY THIS:

Why is Jesus special?
Jesus is God's Son.

 
BASIC TRUTH: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
DO THIS:

 MORNING TIME


When you go into your child's room this month, count down to Jesus' birthday (Christmas day) by saying, "Good morning, [child's name]! It's ___ days until Jesus' birthday!"

 DRIVE TIME


As you drive, play a game where every time you see Christmas decorations you yell, "Happy birthday, Jesus!"

 CUDDLE TIME


Cuddle up wth your child this month and pray, "Dear God, thank You that Jesus was born so long ago. Thank You that He grew up to show us how to love others. Please help me teach [child's name] about Your great love and that Jesus, Your Son, wants to be his/her friend forever. We love You, God. In Jesus' name, amen."

 BATH TIME


Add bubble bath to your child's bath. Help him/her make lots of bubbles and then tell your child to make a pretend birthay cake for Jesus with the bubbles. Next, sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus together. At the end of the song, blow the pretend candles out and watch the bubbles fly!

From Parent Cue:

3 WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOU
DON'T MISS CHRISTMAS

By Jon Acuff


Christmas is about 7 minutes long when you have kids. One minute it’s Thanksgiving, and the next you’re putting away your ornaments. Nothing moves as fast as the holidays, and it’s no wonder that so many people find this time of year stressful. How do you make sure you make the most of your Christmas?

Here are three simple ways.

1. DO ONE LESS THING
I’m terrible at being still. On Saturdays, I often ask my wife, “What are we doing today?” She’ll look up from a book or knitting and say, “This, this is what we’re doing. The kids are playing. You’ve built a fire. This is enough.” Maybe you over stuff your calendar like me, especially during Christmas. Well this year, do one less thing. Don’t try to fit it all in. Look at your list of activities and remove one. Leave some room around the edges of your calendar and give the rest of what you’ll do some breathing room.


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