Doors slam, shouting echoes down the passageways, someone is being grounded again, and the battle lines between parents and students are drawn. At this point in their lives, students begin to feel differently about their parents’ rules, how their parents act, and the decisions they make. We want them to understand why God has put their parents in authority over them. This month we’ll discuss the fact that they are changing, not their parents. We’ll explain that God establishes their parent’s authority, good or bad, and they should trust them to look out for their best interests. Grades 6-8 is a tough time and whether they like it or not, their parents are here to stay. It is time to build the relationship, not fortify the “battle lines.”
Overview of Week 1:
Students at this age believe the people who cramp their styles the most, who keep them from hanging out with their buddies, or stop them from eating the junk food they love, are mom and dad. They are more embarrassed by their parents, believe they have become stricter, and seem to be more unlikable. What we want to show them in the first part of this series is that their parents arenʼt the ones changing; they are. This week weʼll show students that their brains, bodies, and attitudes are changing, and their parents are there to help them, not hurt them. They should approach their parents in times of conflict with the humility God commands in 1 Peter 5:5. Students will come to recognize that God already knew they would go through this, and he wants them to listen and submit themselves to their elders for their benefit.
“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” – 1 Peter 5:5