Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Make This a Summer to Read - and Have Important Conversations With Your Grandchildren

Yesterday I wrote about using the Summer to help our grandchildren learn to notice, remember and record how God shows His hand and His heart in their lives. Today I want to share a simple way we are able to impact our grandchildren and help them learn Who God Is and how they are able to know and follow Him.

So what is this, "simple way"? Reading books. Yes, books! Books are wonderful tools to help our grandchildren learn Who God Is, whether the book is a Christian book for children and teens or not. First let's look at using books with young grandchildren - near and far, and then we will look at the same with older grandchildren/teens - near and far. I will write a post tomorrow with a few book reviews and recommendations.

Reading books with little ones is one of the most wonderful things we will do with them. If they live near we are able to snuggle in a chair, wrap our arms around them and enjoy the book together. What could be better! If they live far, use the phone or facetime to read books with them. Books about the people from the Bible is an obvious type of books to read with our young grandchildren, but books about choices and character are also great books to read; whether they are "Christian" books or not. Books help our young grandchildren learn about Bible people, events, the world around us and choices they are able to make. When we talk about the messages in the books, we are able to help them learn from any book we read together. We are also able to help them develop a love for reading and a curiosity about the world around them which God made. 

Reading books with older children and teens is a bit different - they are able to read for themselves, so be sure to give them books which will help them learn, books they will just enjoy and books which challenge them to grow in their walk with God. Read the same books they are reading and then make time to talk about the messages, characters, choices made by the characters and what they learned from the books.

Many libraries have Summer Reading Programs - set up your own Summer Reading program. Make a list of books - Christian and regular titles as well - and read them to your grandchildren/have them read them for themselves over the Summer. Talk about each book together. Make a "schedule" for reading books and spread it over the Summer.

Do not underestimate the power of reading books with your grandchildren - no matter their age or location. Books open the door to important conversations, help children see how people from the Bible lived and made the choice to love and follow God, or not, and how other characters made wise or foolish choices. These conversations are able to help the children we love learn to think through and make the wise choice to follow God. Books also help children see how the world around them "works". And, books we read together, or at the same time, give us a common starting point for us to have important intentional conversations with our grandchildren.

So pray about books to share with your grandchildren - consider gifting them with a few books (whether they live near or far), check the books you - and they - have at home, see if any friends have books you might borrow, make a list of titles from the books at your church library and neighborhood library and make this a summer to read - and have important conversations with your grandchildren!

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