I have felt the weight of it all so many times. Many times, these "papers" represent all of the things I'm not doing well as a parent, a reminder
of how I'm falling short.
I wonder if that's how my church families feel. Do I overload them with too much? I resource them with Sunday School papers, Christian puzzles to do at home, memory verse work, musical lines to memorize, and family devotionals.
Could all of my information be sending an unintended message..."you're not measuring up"?
How can I resource parents without bogging them down? C.A.L.M. down!
C-Choose material wisely. Do not give in to the desire to pass along every nugget of info I receive. I am a ministry nerd and this stuff excites me. Is it possible that what I see as exciting could be viewed as too much to someone else?
A-Alternative methods. Set up a FB page, Twitter or text group for your ministry. Make it available so that people can get information on their own terms.
L-Listen. Many times I'm guilty of "knowing" the needs of the parents to whom I minister. I need to really listen to what their needs are and resource from there. It's not my job to tell them what their needs are.
M-Mentor. More information can be shared in a relationship based on mutual respect. I have found that when I am in relationship with a parent, I am able to resource them in practical ways I never thought possible. I must pour into the lives of individual parents.
How about you? Are you guilty of information overload? What do you do to make sure you don't bog parents down with too much information?