What do you do when 50 high schoolers show up in your backyard?
Always serve them food!
What does this post have to do with high-schoolers and youth group?
I'm also giving away a copy of my husband's book, No More Jellyfish, Chickens or Wimps. Leave me a comment and a signed copy could be yours! It's a book about raising courageous kids, so it ties in perfectly with this post!
Last week 50 kids were here for our church’s high school youth group.
What awesome kids and incredible leaders – many of whom my son went to Mexico with. They swam, ate, played badminton, and then spent quite a bit of time in a study and in smaller group discussions.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when entertaining a large number of people, but realistically, if you keep it uncomplicated, it’s a piece of cake! Even with teenage energy.
How did I keep it simple?
I served sodas, Costco pizza (pre-baked), and another Mom helped me out by bringing brownies (thank you, Anne). I used my easy to clean tablecloth, paper plates and paper napkins!
How complicated is that?
It was easy. I think we’ll be doing this more often, because I didn’t have to do much!
If we provide the food – they will come. It happens every time!
Thank you, Mark, for allowing our family to host this great group of Jacksonville Presbyterian kids. Thank you kids, for being such great guests. I realized when I went to bed that night that the entire group of kids stayed in our back yard, and no one wandered into our house!
Back to the Jellyfish book – if you want your kids to be, or know some kids who should be:
confident and assertive
neither a victim nor a bully
able to respond to injustice and defend others
Then don’t miss my husband Paul’s 2-day radio interview on Focus on the Family this Wed. and Thurs. (Aug 13 & 14) where he'll be discussing this book. Google Focus to find the time it will air in your area.
Leave me a comment or any question, and your name will go into a drawing for a signed copy of Jellyfish. WINNER will be posted on Friday, August 15th!
(If you want to put this GIVEAWAY on your blog, just let me know and your name will go into the drawing twice.)