Dworin, 38, a mother of three and a former parenting magazine editor, blogs about the quirky journey of her Lutheran family: Dan, 39; Janine, 11; Ben, 8; Jillian, 5; and Louis, a circus-sized poodle, at www.thelutheran.org/blog/parenting.
Q: Sunday school isn’t always easy for my son. A child in his class is often disruptive during lessons and he’s been known to bully other students. What can I do?
A: Children don’t automatically become angels just because they walk into Sunday school. Like adults, they bring with them to church their problems, issues and personalities. Nonetheless, it’s critical for congregations to be safe and nurturing places for children to grow in faith — whether they’re victims or bullies.
Don’t ignore this problem. Have a private conversation with your child’s Sunday school teacher to learn more. If your church doesn’t have a discipline and guidance policy on its books, initiate the idea with the youth minister or pastor.
For other ideas, read “Bullying” at the ELCA Web site.
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