How to Give Personal Feedback About Kids to Parents Every Sunday
Have you ever struggled to keep parents in the loop with what’s happening in their kids’ spiritual lives on Sundays?
Part of partnering with parent is giving them insight into their kids’ spiritual lives, so they can leverage that during the week in conversations, for accountability, and to nurture maturity.
It isn’t super difficult to let parents know what we talked about generally as in the Bible story, the main idea, the big question, and the broad application.
To do that we can give handouts, send emails, share a short blurb at pickup, etc.
But, at least in the church where I serve, we’ve found it very difficult to let parents know how their kids PERSONALLY processed what we talked about and how they PERSONALLY want to apply it.
Through our Small Groups we do a good job of giving kids opportunity to process and apply, but getting it from our Small Group Leaders to our parents on a consistent basis has been something we struggled (and at times still struggle) to figure out.
We tried having our Small Group leaders simply give the feedback at checkout in person, but they’d get into a conversation with one parent while 3 other parents picked up their kids and left.
So then we asked our Small Group leaders to text parents feedback, but many of our leaders are busy throughout the week and they would end up never doing it.
So we’re on our third attempt and are having much more success at giving personal feedback to parents every Sunday.
The idea for what we’ve started doing in church came from something we do at a weeklong Kid’s Camp we’re part of.
Each chaperone (a leader of 5 kids) will take notes on their kids during the week, and the last day, they’ll give them an encouraging note on an index card with what they noticed spiritually throughout the week.
And this year, someone asked: “Why don’t we do this at church too?”
And we had no response; we had simply never thought about it.
So we came back from kid’s camp and started thinking about how we could transfer the concept to Kid’s Church.
We decided to replace the index cards with a sheets of 1.5″ sticky mailing labels, and give a sheet to each Small Group on Sundays.
As far as the content on the labels, we simplified it so Small Group leaders write each child’s name and the child’s response to our big application question (if a child says/does something that a leader thinks is important for a parent to know, they’ll add that as well).
When Small Groups end, the Leader brings the labels to our checkout table and we stick them on the handout we give parents when they come for pickup (this also keeps us accountable to know who the parents of each child are).
It’s simple, but it has given parents the knowledge of how their kids want to PERSONALLY apply what we talked about that day, and they can use that information during the week in conversations, for accountability, and to nurture maturity.
Do you have a system in place for giving feedback to parents about their kids? Leave a comment with what you do!
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