As a Small Group you leader you need to have the ability to get kids to open up to you. We need to feel pretty confident that we can get any kid, anywhere, in most any circumstance to talk with us. You may be thinking, “I just wish I could get my kids to STOP talking so much!” But I’m not talking about the kids you know, I m talking about those first time kids that come into our group, or maybe the kid in the checkout line at Wal-Mart (of course in public make sure you don’t creep the parents out and be sure to invite them to your church).
Are there things you can do to get any kid to talk to you? Yes you can, and here are a few tricks. Feel free to put them to the test, and I guarantee you that you will get a positive response.
The Nickname Method: Simply ask them if they have a nickname. This worked fabulously when I worked with more inner city kids, because they ALL had nicknames! But even out here in the the nether regions of West Texas I ve found that kids love to share nicknames. Maybe they have a name that their mom calls them, or something their friends joke with them about. Kids love nicknames. If they don t have one, then you can offer them some suggestions. It s an instant ice-breaker!
Read the rest of my contribution at the Lead Small blog at: http://leadsmall.org/elementary/getting-the-new-kid-to-open-up/