By: Brandon Hall, Middle School Director (Family Training Day Recap)
For the Student Ministry session of the Family Training Day we had a panel made up of our small group leaders. We covered a variety of different topics in hopes to talk through some of the things our students dealing with in their lives and prepare them for things coming up in the future.
Here are some of the topics that we dealt with and some conversation starters for your family. Hopefully they are good conversation starters and help to increase communication and unity in your family!
- How would you describe your (parent’s) relationship with all of your students individually? How is each relationship different? How are they similar?
- How would you (student) describe your relationship with each of your parents/guardians? How are they different? How are they similar?
- What are some things that cause conflict/miscommunication between parents and students? How can these things be solved or worked on?
- What is your family’s policy on friends? What do you want your student’s friends to look like and be like? Is your student allowed to have friends of the opposite sex? Why or why not?
- Do you (parents) approve of all of your student’s friends? Why or why not?
- Have you (student) ever dealt with peer pressure? Bullying? Drama? Cliques? Explain and provide specific examples.
- Ask your student how you can better understand and support them in the area of friends.
- What is your family’s policy on dating? Is there a certain age that your student is allowed to date? What did dating look like when you (parent) were a teen? How do you think dating is different now then it was back then?
- How many of your (student’s) friends and peers are dating? What does the media teach about dating and relationships?
- When your student does start dating, what are your (parent’s) expectations for what this will look like? What are your (student’s) expectations for what dating should look like and how involved your parents should be?
- What did you (parent) want to be when you were growing up? How did that change as you got older? What did you (parent) do right out of high school? What do you wish you would have done different?
- What do you (student) want to be/do when you grow up? What are some things that you can do now to help prepare yourself for the future?