Building Responsibility


Preteens are becoming independent thinkers and doers.
Guide them during this step toward maturity with these

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  • Offer choices. Stop making all the decisions.
    Let preteens help choose activities and topics for learning; this
    gives them ownership in their faith development.
  • Encourage. When kids have questions, encourage
    them to dig for answers. Provide tools — the Web, dictionaries —
    and guide kids as needed.
  • Support. Help preteens when they make poor
    choices by being understanding and empathetic. Remind them Jesus
    always loves them.


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