You know that kid. The one that tests you to your limit and makes you want to scream or pull your hair out. Do you have that kid in your mind now? I’m sure he comes every time you teach.
How do you handle that kid? Do you just pray for the end of class? Here are some practical ways that you can minister to this kid:
1. If he behaves well, brag on him to his parents like crazy and use him as an example in front of the class. Make him your helper. Tell his mom how great he was.
2. Don’t let your class be derailed by her misbehaving. Keep going. Have another adult tend to Jenny’s fit. If necessary, an adult can walk outside with her and offer her some choices.
3. Give him a choice. Make sure they know it is a choice and that choices have consequences, but you are hoping that he makes a good choice. Make good choices can be one of the rules you go over at the beginning of class. “Bradley, you have a choice. You can either stop hitting Ellie with your pencil and listen or you can go sit against the wall” or “Jason, you have a choice to make. You can either continue playing when we should be listening or you can tell your mom about why you just couldn’t pay attention today when she comes to get you.”
What are some ways that you have seen are great ways to redirect poor behavior? What are some ways you really seek to invest in those kids?
Check out these other posts within this series and watch for more coming in the next few weeks:
Ministering to the Artsy Kid
Ministering to the Smart Kid
Ministering to Kids with Sick Parents
Ministering to Kids with Divorced Parents
Ministering to the Non-Cooperative Kid
Ministering to the Kid that Doesn’t Want to be There
Mary Carlisle serves on the CentriKid office team and is the director of CK3 at Millsaps College. Mary loves teaching kids at church and at an inner city ministry in Nashville and is passionate about kids discipleship. Follow Mary on twitter and check out her personal blog.