The mission of NCBF Kidz is to partner with you to disciple your children. We place value on supporting your family as you help your child/children learn, grow and walk in Christ. We hope that the below resources will be an encouragement to you while you focus on leading your child/children closer to Christ.
NCBF CHILDREN'S WORSHIP EXPERIENCE
PARENTING RESOURCES ON TECHNOLOGY
- Teach and model healthy habits for mental, emotional, and spiritual health [taking care of your own mental health, talking about it openly, and seeking therapy when warranted]
- Check-In with your child regularly, beyond day-to-day tasks such as school work
- If your child has a history of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, or substance abuse you should check in with them more closely and consider involving a professional
TALK: (If a person talks about)
- Killing themselves
- Feeling hopeless
- Having no reason to live
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Unbearable pain
BEHAVIOR: (Behaviors that may signal a risk)
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for ways to end their life: searching on the internet for methods
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
- Loss of interest
- Relief/Sudden Improvement
- Don’t Be Afraid: Don’t be afraid to have the conversation! Ask your child how they are doing, what’s happening in their world these days, and what their concerns are. It can be simple by just asking, “Are you okay?”
- Listen Intently and Without Judgement: Ask open ended questions [those that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no.]
- Resist The Urge to Off Quick Fixes or Solutions: doing so tends to shut down the conversation
- Validate and Support Their Feelings: We all want to be seen and heard. Letting your child know that you see them and support how they are feeling can leaving the feeling that they are seen and loved.
- Follow Their Cues: “tell me more about that.” “I’d love to understand more about what that’s like for you.” “When he said that/did that to you, how did that make you feel?”
- For Younger Kids: Use language that makes sense to your child, given their age, development, and what you know of how they think about things.
- If They Don’t Want To Talk: Leave the invitation open for later by saying, “Whenever you want to talk, I’m here to listen and support you.” You could add “I won’t judge, and I’ll never stop supporting you, no matter what challenges you face.”
- Be Careful: not to use statements like “You should…” or “Why didn’t you…”
- AFSP’s Children, Teens, and Suicide Loss booklet, written in partnership with the Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children & Families
We are so excited to share a new resource with you! New Community's Next Generation Ministries has started a Parent Facebook page just for you! This Facebook page will be:
• A resource to help you lead your kids and/or students closer to Christ
• A community where you can encourage one another in your parenting
• A source to receive all of the upcoming news about what's happening in the Next Generation Ministries
Please click HERE to join our page and post a photo of you and your family using the #ncbftogether.
If you are also on Instagram follow our main church page @ncbfchurch, and our student Instagram page @ncbfstudents.