Inside Out Movie Night!

Children & Family Movie Night | ‘Inside Out’
This Friday, January 15th @ 6pm
  

Get the popcorn out and take the night off to watch Inside Out, a 2015 Pixar movie about the importance of being connected to our feelings. Give your family time to watch, share, & learn more about the value of our emotional well-being & mental health. Kick-off the night at a brief family Zoom gathering with Jen at 6 PM, then sign-off to watch Inside Out with the provided conversation guide (download linked above) as a family. 

Meeting ID: 410 601 1530
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4106011530
Inside Out is available on Disney+ OR you can rent it thru PRIME, YouTube, etc. for $3.99.

You are my Beloved | Care of Self: Care of Others

Our focus during Epiphany is ‘You are my Beloved | Care of Self: Care of Others‘.  You can learn more about what we’re up to this month here: https://www.westwood.church/epiphany-2021

It’s a timely theme for families as we continue to navigate the emotional intensities and mental health toll of the pandemic on our kids and ourselves. As you support kid(s) thru their emotions, stress, & worries- don’t forget to prioritize yourself with compassionate self-care.

Looking for new ways to help your kid(s) process their feelings? Here are a few.

Preschool Yoga Class
More yoga!

Epiphany- Follow the Star!

Epiphany is also known as ‘3 Kings Day’. It arrives 12-days after Christmas (January 6th) when we celebrate the kings arrival with gifts for Jesus. They followed the star! The Epiphany church season starts on Epiphany and lasts until Ash Wednesday (Lent).

Epiphany is a time for us to pay attention to what we’re following too! Enjoy these activities, crafts, and reflections this Epiphany season.

Advent’s Here!

Hey! How’s it going?

Hope you are doing alright during this messy December 2020.

It’s Advent! The time in the year when we get ready and wait for baby Jesus. And especially this advent, we are getting A LOT of practice focusing on being hopeful, patient, and waiting. It is not always easy!

Looking for some countdown and crafty ideas to use at home? Check out our Pinterest board of Advent family favorites!

DIY Family Faith Talk: The Beatitudes

Ready for something new to talk about? Looking for dinner conversation? Want a God-focused conversation related to the elections? Up for an end of day coloring page meditation time?

Try out these brief family guides, from Illustrated Ministry, to discuss what God wants for our world! 12 guides with great meditative coloring pages are located under the DIY Family Faith Talk page on this blog! It will remain available all school year for all families. 

Password: DIY

Black Lives Matter- Protest with Chalk

Ran across this article today. Chalk drawing protests that were power washed or street swept away, over and over. City officials called it ‘graffiti’ and it can now be grounds for a citation. It doesn’t really matter where it happened in the US, we know things like this happen all the time in every state.

Use this article to open up age-appropriate anti-racism conversations with your kids. Read the article (or parts of it) together. Ask what surprised them. Where did they see racism at work in what happened? What would be an anti-racist ally response to what happened?

Then get out the chalk. Give your kid(s) a place to protest by creating a Black Lives Matter chalk drawing on the driveway, sidewalk, or road. And keep talking. The action of drawing Black Lives Matter is great, but it’s the conversation and questions about racism and activism that help give our kids language to be anti-racist allies.

As you draw, consider listening to a podcast to learn more about racism in the US, or hear what protestors are doing to keep Black Lives Matter growing in the US, or listen to music that talks about change.

And after it rains, write it again. And again. And again.

More Anti-Racism Resources

Who am I? Deepening Our Conversations About Race.
Friends, our world is reminding us, yet again, that we have work to do and that it’s everyone’s work to do. It isn’t a box we get to check. Our work continues and is imperative as we begin to understand systemic racism more fully.

As Westwood Staff, we’re committed to doing this anti-racism work with you. We’ve done some digging to find resources that will help you in this work and we want to pass it along because it has been helpful to us in our anti-racism work.

As Jen said in the post below, we’d love to hear from you about resources you have found helpful, and we’ll keep adding to these lists! Send us what you’re reading, and watching and listening to, so that others can learn alongside you! You’ll keep seeing this logo as we keep adding to our lists!

Anti-Racism Resources for Middle and High School Youth and Their Parents: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qR0YT4Xa0_I6yufxhpzxjWLx7tAiOdhE1MBBdhc8ToA/edit?usp=sharing

Anti-Racism Parenting Resources

During this past Lent, we looked more closely at our own racial identity, how racism has shaped our lives, and developed anti-racism skills with the theme, ‘Who am I? Deepening our Conversation About Race’. 

Anti-racism work is never done.

This post includes the parent resources that were provided during Lent to support our work in raising race-conscious, anti-racist kids.

If you have additional resources to share with our community- please let me know! j.mohr@westwood.church

Anti-Racism Parenting Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AIN6qgGmX8duOvPAyt6LwZXvsQYkjzwf8Xcg9ckycCY/edit?usp=sharing