Parenting Resources and Fun Stuff for Kids
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We have put together some resources that we hope will help you as you care for children during this challenging time. Every week we will be adding new resources, so don’t forget to check back here every Sunday!
If you have any questions or specific prayer requests, please go to our CONTACT page and send us an email. Although times are hard, God is doing great things in families right now. Please know that we are praying for you!
– The COV Kids Team
How to Pray – For Parents
Parents know that prayer is important, but often have a tough time getting started. This E-Book is a great resource to help you on your prayer journey.
Friends with God- Discover How to Pray – for Kids
A printable book to show kids what prayer is and how they can use it to grow closer to God, who loves them so very much!
by Debbi Pesch
The Mom’s Devotional Bible really helped me get through the day when I was trying to find some structure and organization with all my own tasks combined with making sure my kids are on track with their “social distance” schooling going on right now. I know a lot of us are struggling right now with balancing work from home and homeschooling our kids. I had a frustrating moment where I had to go on a “mommy time out.” I took a breath, opened my Bible and this devotion stood out to me just when I needed it.
Parents, you need a Feel-Good, Up-Beat Song right about now! Just for fun, check out this music video by Rend Collective!
Celebrate the ONE YEAR anniversary of the theatrical release of The Pilgrim’s Progress as you watch together as a family! Watch and share the film voted one of the Top 10 Family Movies of the year by MovieGuide.
Caution: It is rated PG and may be too intense for younger children.
Resources from Focus on the Family
New! Re-Prioritizing Your Life Post Quarantine
As pandemic restrictions ease and we look to resume something of a ‘normal’ life, it’d be easy to forget the good, simple values we rediscovered while quarantined at home.
The next time you’re tempted to lash out when your spouse does something that upsets you, remember to love above all else.
Minno Church at Home
Focus on the Family
A website for Christian families that offers devotions and practical advice on how to thrive as a family during quarantine.
CHEA of California
Schooling at home information and encouragement for Christian families
Education Week- How to homeschool your kids during the pandemic.
Article that addresses parent well-being, in particular those parents who now, with little to no warning, find themselves home schooling their children. Read the article here: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement
P.E. With Joe
A great way to get those wiggles out and recommended by our own Pastor Jan!
Another resource if you are home with children, get them on their feet! https://youtu.be/Rz0go1pTda8
“He’s from the UK and talks funny, but you can get your kiddos doing PE. every morning. God is the God of our souls and our bodies, so keep those babies fit. Moms, Dads you do it too!”– Pastor Jan
Sally Lloyd Jones
Sally is a bestselling children’s author. Her books include the critically acclaimed, ‘‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ and the Christian Book of the Year ‘Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing’.
Her website offers many ideas to keep families busy, entertained, and full of hope.
Music Videos from COV Kids Sunday School and VBS!
Lifetree Kids has your favorite VBS songs, plus fun, educational, and faith-based videos for kids.
Children’s Ministry Deals
Free games, puzzles, devotions, experiments, and Bible lesson curriculum
Wonderful insight from a sweet and wise friend, Marian Mellor
“The days are long but the years are short,”
is a phrase I was only fairly recently made aware of, and oh, how true it rings in my heart! I imagine that there are a few of you who may be REALLY feeling the length of the days as they continue on with such uncertainty, especially regarding whether or not our children will finish the school year at home or at school. I want so much to encourage you!
Parenting is a tough job but it is also the most rewarding.
We can build amazing relationships with our kids if we will simply take the time to do so. Building relationships with younger children doesn’t necessarily mean sitting down having coffee together, obviously! Kids respond so very much to play! Board games, card games, Legos, stuffed animals, dolls, . . . Get your favorite childhood book or one of theirs and read it to them. When tempers rise and angry words are spoken (or shouted), please take a deep breath (or 10) and do whatever it takes to work the situation out. In our family, sometimes we need a bit of space and
time to think and pray, then we talk together and pray.
I can’t tell you how many times
our math, reading, or writing lessons got de-railed by frustration or aggravation when our kids were younger. It was a perfect time to sit on the bed with my little one and let him or her cry, then let them know that I understood their frustration (math has never been a strong point for me, and I get overwhelmed with brain fog just like they do). Taking time to empathize and love them “messes up” my timing of our school day but it FILLS THEIR HEARTS and souls with love and acceptance that is WAY more important than getting all of their math problems correct or even done in
one day – same for reading and writing.
This is a great time to pour life into your children.
You won’t regret it. Their character is so much more important than completing classes, although that is important, too. But think of the incredible blessing we would have if when students do go back to school they have grown in their character because their parents have spent time investing in them, loving them, accepting them. Does this seem impossible?
It’s not. But it does require effort.
In order for me to invest in my children,
I have to invest in my relationship with Jesus. He is the One who gives me everything I need to be able to give my children what they need. Look at His life to see how to lead your own life and the lives of your children. He never fails. We do, but He doesn’t. Be willing to apologize to your children when you mess up. It’s pretty incredible how quick they are to forgive. They LOVE their parents even though we aren’t perfect! That’s the way God made them. Don’t you love your parents even if they aren’t perfect? We want the love of our parents. Our kids want our love, too.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”
–Psalms 127:3 NKJV