Making friends seems as natural to children as breathing. They have a magical ability to build connections with others that adults often lack. Where did we lose our friend-making skills?
Concerning Kids is a bi-weekly column written by Anna Gnatyshyna from Kyiv in Ukraine. She is a Children's Ministry Coordinator in Eurasia with the organisation OneHope.
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Nowadays it is quite popular for my generation (born in the 1980s and 1990s) to talk about the difficulties from our childhood. As we become older, we encounter new ideas about raising kids. How does our past influence our present decisions?
Children’s imagination and fear often go hand in hand. Kids often imagine monsters and evil in any dark corner they see, writes Anna Gnatyshyna.
Christmas season is over, and so are packing and giving gifts. It is a joyful quest to shop for presents for friends and family. However, if you have several kids in a family, that might be challenging.
The hardest part of parenting is teaching kids about the even distribution of ornaments on the Christmas tree. My dear friend Alexandra has never been able to teach it her three little kids. When Christmas season comes, she starts to feel desperate about the Christmas tree, the ornaments, and well… her kids.
What about kids?
Our Ukrainian columnist Anna from Kyiv dedicates her columns to her journey in understanding how a "cute little child grows up to become an adult with norms and values." With her writings, she wants to help parents with the Christian upbringing of their children.
Anna strongly believes in the significance of the impact that parents have on their children, "whether they want to acknowledge that or not." Upbringing shapes a child's personality, but also its norms and values and how it sees the world, she argues.
In her daily work for the OneHope organisation, Anna meets a lot of children. She herself also comes from a big family and loves to study the behaviour of kids. Her work gives her the opportunity to deal with babies, toddlers, school children, teenagers and adolescents, who each come with their own challenges.
By all she does for children, however, Anna has one main goal: Trust in God. "He can change the hearts of both children and parents."