A few weeks ago, I challenged my children to do a thing.
I’ve had opportunity to watch them with their peers, and noticed something I had forgotten about teenagers.
They are excited about their thing, and when they tell their friend about the thing, friend says “oh” and then proceeds to tell about his thing. Or he walks away.
So I challenged the kids to pay attention, and when their friend tells them about their thing, to come up with a question about it. The actual question doesn’t matter, because it’s the give and take in a conversation that shows kindness. I also told them I wanted them to try to remember if they have an opportunity to followup with a question.
(Yes, it’s better for making friends, but it is more about showing love for one’s neighbor.)
Have you noticed how often Jesus asked questions out of kindness?
How do you encourage your children to love their neighbor in their conversations?
A week later, David recounted how a peer asked if he was planning on obtaining the latest video game. Instead of shutting down the conversation with disinterest (since we don’t maintain cutting edge knowledge of video games), David asked about the game. What’s it like? He was satisfied that he was able to love this friend in conversation simply by asking one or two questions.
I’d like to think of some questions I can suggest my children ask of their peers. Any ideas?