Raising Boys and Girls Podcast: S4, E27 Talking to Kids About Easter (Jess Wolstenholm)

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Join Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan as they chat with Minno’s Director of Education and Faith Formation, Jess Wolstenholm, on talking to kids about Easter and planting seeds of faith in our families.

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Jess Wolstenholm Interview: Talking to Kids About Easter

Minno – a children’s media platform that helps kids and families experience Jesus every day – both on and off the screen.

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What would you say are the biggest challenges in terms of media and faith formation facing kids and parents today?

Busyness and distraction.

Competing cultural messages.

Lacking the right tools.

 

Provide guardrails for media. Use it to your advantage.

The call to raise Jesus-followers is arguably more important than ever but it’s definitely harder than ever. 

But God . . . 

In her episode, Kelly Minter said the hope she wanted to leave with parents is that the same God that raised Jesus from the dead is the same God we have access to today. 

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What would you say to parents that feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the questions that Easter brings?

The core message of our faith (Easter) can be the most challenging to talk about.

Change your mindset to “Let’s learn together.”

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The ABCs of Faith Formation

Authenticity

Telling God’s Story – Pete Enns

Kids are asking: “What does this mean? What does this mean to you?”

Walk together in authenticity.

Belonging

Are My Kids on Track – Spiritual milestones

Kids need you to meet them where they are.

Culture

Make faith a part of your everyday moments instead of one more thing you have to do.

Habits of the Household – Justin Whitmel Early

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Remember: It’s not always going to be a win! There will be moments when you feel discouraged.

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You never know when kids will go back to the truths you’ve shared. Melissa Trevathan

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What are some practical tips for parents to talk about the hard parts of the Easter story with kids?

Don’t feel like they have to get it all right away. The gospel is truth to grow into.

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In order to give kids the healthiest faith formation journey, we need to be thoughtful about how we approach it.

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Through Jesus God has given us new life and a hope that lives on. 1 Peter 1:3b CEV

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What specific shows or books would you recommend for certain ages?

Shows for families and all ages:

Minno Easter Playlist

Minno Easter Specials

Minno Easter Family Guide

Get access to all of our Easter content at: gominno.com/easter

Easter books for ages 4-10

The Jesus Storybook Bible - The Epic Bible: God's Story from Eden to Eternity

Minno Laugh and Grow Bible (includes 3 Easter stories)

The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross, The Good Book Company

Easter books for ages 2-5

Why Easter? board book (What’s in the Bible? book series)

A Very Happy Easter, The Good Book Company

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What one piece of hope would you like to leave with parents this Easter season?

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction – Eugene Peterson

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You have to play the long game in discipleship. It’s a process.

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Every moment and every Easter season is another opportunity to share the truth of the gospel with your kids.

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Let’s your roots grow down into him and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

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