“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
- Rita Pierson, a lifelong educator
That’s what we are committing to doing at SPC – we surround your child and/or teen with champions that develop the best in them at every phase.
We do that by:
Embracing and modeling love to a preschooler to give him or her their first impression of their Heavenly Father. (Wonderland)
Engaging the natural interest of an elementary age child to help him or her discover God personally. (ECHO)
Affirming a middle schooler’s developing identity by giving them a safe place to process doubts.(Ascent and JAM)
- Mobilizing a teenager’s potential to help them develop a personal vision for his or her future. (Summit and serving)
So, parents, whatever phase your child is in, remember there is something remarkable happening right now. This phase won’t last forever. Don’t rush the clock. Don’t wish away the moments you have. It’s just a phase...don’t miss it.
"Every phase is a time frame in a kid's life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future." But in order to leverage the opportunities of each phase, you have to show up for it. That may sound obvious, but it can be incredibly challenging at the same time.
It’s easy to get stuck in the phase that came before. It’s baffling at times when you realize your child isn’t the same person you thought you knew last year. When their interests change, or their preferences change, it can be hard to keep up. (Of course, if you have a seventh grader, they will probably let youknow pretty fast when you make this mistake).
It’s easy to rush into the phase that should come later. Maybe it’s because we’re ready to watch a new movie, read a new book, or play a new game, so we stretch the age-limit just a touch. Maybe it’s because—lets face it—if we can get our son to shoot a basketball through a ten-foot goal when he’s six, we’ve earned serious bragging rights. But childhood isn’t meant to be rushed. If we’re always in a hurry to get to the next phase, we can miss what is unique about the phase our kids are currently in.