It's the trickiest age group in all of children's ministry: TWEENS
If you aren't familiar with the term, “tweens” are kids between the ages of 9-12.
While many adults live in fear of this age group, if you're a brave parent, Sunday School teacher, or pastor that works with (or lives with) ‘tweens:
You have a tremendous opportunity.
Psychologists say that if you want kids to know anything about morality, spirituality, ethics and character development, you generally have to catch them before the age of 12.
After that, and they pass into a phase sometimes known as "differentiation", where they acknowledge themselves as "separate" from other family members.
They realize they are capable of making value judgments and decisions for themselves and are very anxious to exercise these capabilities.
It’s not only fairly common but almost considered normal to find parents chasing 15-year-olds around the house, stammering out lectures on abstinence, don’t-let-us-catch-you-drinking, and the addictive ramifications of drugs.
Teens all but run for the nearest door they can close or respond with what appears to be outrage.
They’ve past their summit of absorbing adult wisdom.
‘Tweens, on the other hand, are in a different crucial passage.
They are old enough to understand hard-hitting subjects such as addictions, peer pressure, sexual behavior and other things that can drag them from their faith.
But unlike teenagers, they have not passed their high point of teachability.
Some parents feel that talking to their children about sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. will make their kids want to try these things.
Nothing could be farther from the truth; in fact, ignoring tough subjects like these can even be a silent endorsement.
However, I entirely sympathize with the stuttering, anxious and overworked parents of today’s pre-teens and the Sunday school teachers who are often asked to fill in.
How do you help Tweens navigate through the unique challenges they’ll come up against in this part of their lives?
It’s NOT EASY!
But there’s good news. It starts with your willingness and ends with Jesus’ talents.
The job becomes easy when a simple truth falls into place:
Jesus Christ is not the least bit afraid or the least bit intimidated by this age group.
He sees straight through their gnarly exteriors.
He smiles at their mood swings, blinks at their fear-induced wise guy routines, and is fully prepared to help them tackle their challenges.
You need to think of yourself merely as an introducer to the real teacher.
If you’re all for open and honest communication with ‘Tweens, to prepare them for the tough issues they will face, we've developed a tool that will surely help your cause.
I'm proud to introduce our latest teaching resource:
In order to deliver these “Queasy Topic” lessons,
One of our first goals in developing this lesson plan series was to disassociate from school “teaching methods”.
We don’t encourage the use of blackboards, marker boards or even Power Point presentations, which ‘Tweens can associate with all work and no fun.
Our lessons feature hands-on activities & demonstrations that illustrate the important characteristics of God.
Lessons are broken down into three parts: Class Activities, Class Discussion, and Small Group Activities.
Placing Christ’s friendship at the center of the solutions makes all advice doable with His leading.
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Use the content how you see fit. You can supplement your current lessons with these "hot potato lesson topics", or present all 12 lessons in a row, it’s up to you.
At our church, we present one of these lessons each month throughout the year as an optional evening “'Tween Workshop”. Parents sign their teens up for as few or as many workshops as they like.
The response has been tremendous. We've had to start a waiting list because our classroom simply cannot accommodate all the attendees!
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P.S. Let's face it, the clock is ticking. Tweens turn into teenagers in the blink of on eye.
And then, the window of teachability and influence will have been lost.
Don't let fear turn you away from discussing the BIG ISSUES with Tweens. You can do this!