If you have ever attended the first day of class in church camp or a women’s retreat of any kind you are familiar with ice breakers. These are activities you either love or hate. As an event planner I can tell you these aren’t on the schedule to fill time. They allow people to connect with something fun or silly before the serious heart-to-heart stuff happens. I’d like to challenge you to have sort of an ice breaker conversation with the special girls in your life.
One of the things we stress to moms and youth leaders at our Shine conferences is the importance of ongoing conversations. We also stress the value of creating a safe place for girls to communicate. Girls face unimaginable circumstances nearly everyday and we want them to feel comfortable coming to you with their questions and concerns and not simply relying on the internet or their peers.
Here are five questions I pray will open the door for greater conversations between you and your girls.
- If you were given $100,000 to spend on anyone except yourself; how would you spend it?
- What is one of your favorite memories involving our family?
- If you could ask God a question right now and get an immediate answer, what would you ask?
- If you could change something in the world, what would you change?
- If you could be an eyewitness to any story in the Bible, what would you choose?
While these questions seem generic on the surface with thought and prayer you will have the opportunity to have meaningful chats about things like stewardship, social change, evangelism, and faith. Conversations are vital for maintaining a healthy relationship. Never forget questions, silly or serious, can open the door for some incredible teachable moments.