October 2016


How can we help children to see others as God sees them and to celebrate the diversity that enlivens our world?

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Teaching Children To Value the Gifts of All

When you get right down to it, all kids are similar. They giggle, fuss, stomp around, yell, joke, and get shy. Our lives are enriched by all the different ways they express themselves. Yet many times, when we encounter someone with a disability, we have difficulty understanding what he or she is telling us.

If we remember that at our most basic levels we all share similarities, we can use our own experiences to understand other people better and to help our children do the same. more

09/30/2016 at 08:56 am


October Family Conversation Starters

* What are three unique things about you?

* Which of your friends do you think is the most different from you? In what ways are the two of you different?

* What do you like about having friends who are different from you? How do differences make friendship hard sometimes? How do you handle that?

* Have you ever felt like someone judged you unfairly? What happened? How did you feel? Did that experience teach you anything that helps you relate to other people?

* If you could travel to another country, what would it be? What would you like to do there? What do you think the people would be like?

09/30/2016 at 08:55 am

Using October 2016 in Families

Here are some ideas for using the October issue of Pockets, on the theme of Differences, with your family:


09/30/2016 at 08:40 am

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God Is Doing a New Thing!

A family litany

Read Isaiah 43:18-19.

One: Look around! As one season gives way to the next,

All: God is doing a new thing.

One: Pay attention! When friends and neighbors and even strangers help one another,

All: God is doing a new thing. more

09/01/2016 at 02:00 am