When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics

When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics

When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics

When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics


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The world is a confusing and painful place for children (and adults). How do you respond faithfully to your kids' big questions? Learn to craft faithful conversations and be better prepared to talk about the tough stuff with your kids. More than 30 essays from a diverse group of young Christian parents/pastors address today's toughest topics, including gender, race, bullying, mental illness, death, divorce, money, technology, and generosity. When Kids Ask Hard Questions invites you to take a deep breath, create safe spaces for the hard conversations, and speak the truth in love. Each chapter includes a resource list for further exploration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827243309
Publisher: A P G Trade West
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bromleigh McCleneghan and her husband, Josh, are the paren ts of three daughters. She is Associate Pastor for Ministry with Families at Union Church of Hinsdale (United Church of Christ) in suburban Chicago. She is the author of Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn't the Only Option--And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex.

Karen Ware Jackson and her husband, Rob, are the parents of two preschoolers. She is the pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, while he pastors at another church in town, so Sundays are a particular brand of crazy in the Jackson household.

Table of Contents

Foreword Matthew Paul Turner ix

Crafting a Family Culture of Conversation The Rev. Karen Ware Jackson 1

Who Am I? Reflecting on Bodies and Souls

Stuck in the Middle: Understanding Your School-age Child Sarah Leer 8

"How Come He Won't Talk to Me?" Building Friendships with Disabled Peers The Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell 14

That's What Counts: Navigating Questions about Gender and Identity The Rev. Becca Girrell 21

Good Enough for Jesus: On Body Image The Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath 30

Let's Talk about Sex: Meeting Curiosity with Honesty The Rev. Dr. Emily A. Peck McClain 35

A Coat with Many Pockets, an Overwatered Plant: Using Metaphor to Discuss Mental Illness and Addiction Ben Pershey 42

God's Not a Fan: Talking" about Suicide The Rev. Dr. Rachael A. Keefe 48

Who Are We? Reflecting on Families and Relationships

Being a Friend Karin Heller Margaret Webb 56

We Go Together: Blended Families The Rev. Emily Brown 62

How Will We Tell Our Children Were Getting Divorced? The Rev. Eliza Tweedy 68

Getting Attached: Foster and Substitute Parenting: The Revs. Ben and Kerry Dueholm 75

Why Did This Happen? Reflecting on Loss

Love Never Ends: Comfort and Assurance in Times of Grief Kristin Cooper King 82

"She's Having the Temper Tantrum You Want to Have": Kids and Pregnancy Loss The Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto The Rev. Dr. William J. Hutto 88

Giving Kids a Voice in the Wilderness: Grief The Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson 94

What Am I Afraid Of? Reflecting on Fear and Courage

Why We C.A.R.E.: Engaging Kids about Racial Discrimination The Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters 102

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Adultification of Black Girls Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq. 108

Courage and Hospitality: Talking about Race with Children and the Church The Rev. Alexandra M. Hendrickson 115

"Why Can't I Wear This Costume?" Helping Kids Understand Cultural Appropriation The Rev. Dr. B. Yuki Schwartz 123

Are We Doing More Harm than Good Teaching Kids about the Violence of the Cross? The Rev. Traci Smith 129

Asking the Tough Question about Bullying: "What Happened?" The Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund 133

Talking to Kids about Gun Violence The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles 140

What's Going On? Reflecting on Faith and the Way the World Works

It's Okay To Have Doubts: Lessons on Fact-checking and Faith from Thomas The Rev. Dr. Terrell Carter 146

Love for Your Neighbor: Raising Kids in a Multifaith Community Aliye Shimi 151

Raising Holy Sparks: On Honoring Difference Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg 157

Writing New Scripts: On Mass Incarceration, Women, and Children Casey Stanton 163

A Pledge to Forgive: An Approach to Reconciliation in a Traumatic World The Rev. Elizabeth Grasham 170

What's Fair? Reflecting on Money and Economics

Disciples, Not Fundraisers: Teaching Faithfulness in Anxious Times The Rev. Erica Schemper 176

Naming What They See: Addressing Wealth, Poverty, and Income Inequality The Rev. Eva Suárez 182

Truth and Lies: Reexamining Racial History with Kids The Rev. David Henson 188

"But Those Are MY Toys!": Generosity The Rev. Allie Scott 196

The Life-changing Magic of Setting Limits: Technology Joshua Hammond 202

Endless Song: Having Conversations Again and Again The Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan 209

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