About this issue
Many experts believe that the sibling relationship is one of the most powerful a person experiences throughout life, that it may even have more influence than the parent-child relationship. Life with sisters and brothers is fraught with a wide range of emotions from love, affection, and admiration to enmity, jealousy, and contempt. An older sibling may serve as a role model or as a source of endless teasing (or both). A younger brother or sister may be a cherished friend or an unbearable pest (or both). Children who don’t have siblings often wish that they did; and those who do have siblings may fantasize, at least occasionally, about what it would be like to be an “only.” This issue should help children live with and appreciate siblings if they have them and help those who don’t have brothers or sisters appreciate their own families.
Stories: In “Runner Up,” Jeremy is sick of always coming in second and doesn’t understand why his younger brother thinks all of Jeremy’s second-best performances are so great.
In “Until Tomorrow,” Joely uses her diary to vent her frustrations when her beloved brother changes from a trusted friend to a moody teenager who doesn’t want her hanging around.
In “Juniper Lane,” our continuing feature series, Lydia’s patience is tested when she’s unexpectedly left in charge of her three younger brothers for the day.
In “The Sibling Fix,” Kenji wishes more than anything that he had a brother; even a sister would be better than no siblings at all. But when he gets a chance to spend more time with his cousins’ family, he learns there are things to appreciate about being an only child.
In “Missing Marta,” Jessie is sad and angry when her older sister leaves for college, and she feels even worse when she finds out that she’s now responsible for the chores they used to do together. Convinced that Marta doesn’t miss her, Jessie decides she definitely will not miss her big sister.
Pocketsful of Scripture focuses on Bible families with readings from Genesis, 1 Samuel, Matthew, and Acts.
Where In God’s World? looks at Wales.
June 2013—Healthy Bodies
It is a rare (or perhaps nonexistent) person today who makes it as far as adolescence without experiencing anxiety about the “flaws” of his or her body. Size-zero models and actresses and steroid-enhanced athletes are offered up as ideal body types. At the same time, all manner of unhealthy foods are marketed and served to children, who often get far less physical activity in the course of a day than they should. This issue is not about being the “food police” or convincing children to give up the technology they love. This is about the central idea that human beings are made in the image of God and that our bodies are a gift from our Creator.
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of friendships in children’s lives. True friends are one of God’s great gifts to us. But making and keeping friends can be difficult, and questions abound. How do I choose my friends? What qualities are important in a friend? What do I need to do to be a good friend? How do friends deal with disagreements and disappointments? What happens when my best friend wants me to do something I know is wrong? What happens when my best friend makes a new friend and I suddenly feel left out? Can I be a friend to someone who seems really different than me? This issue will explore in a variety of ways what it means to be a friend and how our faith shapes our friendships.