Episode 186: Dan Scott
I am so excited to welcome my friend Dan Scott to the table. Dan has been working with kids for over 20 years as a teacher in education, pastor and communicator. He is also the father of 4 and he is passionate about reaching the hard to reach preteen age group.
He is the author of the book Caught in Between: Engage Your Preteens Before They Check Out which offers the latest research findings on preteens, sums up conversations every ministry leader is having about preteen ministry, and walks readers through a comprehensive plan to engage preteens in ways that will ensure they have what they need to build an authentic faith.
We have a conversation centered on the topic of tweens. We talk about who tweens are at this phase of life and what they need from us; why they are literally losing their minds at age 11; how to help our kids become critical thinkers as they are moving from a concrete way of thinking into an abstract way of thinking; we talk about handling technology and how to handle the bible with this age. This conversation comes at the perfect time where your tween is heading back to school and facing a lot of responsibility. I think you’ll find this episode very helpful.
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As parents, we can help them understand the natural consequences for their autonomy.
“Allow them to fail while it’s still a soft landing.” Dialog with them about their decision making process. Ask them questions so that they will learn what it looks like to ask questions.
Your home needs to be the safest place for a kid to ask a hard question about faith. Questions are okay. Without tension we don’t learn. We don’t grow. We have to let our kids wrestle with these topics.
They are emotionally abstract and cognitively concrete.
When it comes to reading the Bible, help them navigate what would be most helpful for them to read instead of just starting from the beginning like every other book.
Cognitively, your tween is literally losing their mind. Their mind is working to figure out which information to keep and which to discard.
What were you like as a tween?
What significant moment or pivotal circumstance happened to you at that age and how did that cause you to see yourself in the world?
What can help you have empathy for your tweens in this phase?
What can you do this week to help you teach your kids in this phase to think critically?
What can you do to help you understand who your tween in becoming?
How can you adjust your expectations of your tween?
What was the most helpful takeaway from this episode?
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