Decorate the youth room like a restaurant (or get an actual restaurant if you have a contact). Give kids menus …but with creative names of things they've never heard of. Give the foods and drinks new names. Order “Phlipidy dunkers” and get French fries. Order “levely paradisio” and get dry toast. Some things might sound really good, but they aren't. And some might not sound good, but are …they will just have to wait and see. Note: Sometimes kids will get discouraged with what they ordered, so it's nice to have a main course that everyone can enjoy.
This is a great door opener to talking about “it's not always what it seems.Ó Just because something looks good or sounds good does not always mean it is good. We can be fooled so easily, especially since the world is so good at covering it up.
Marsha Batovsky, Volunteer Youth Worker, Grace Baptist Church, Grindstone, PA
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.