Bring Peace to Kids: Resources in Chinese & English 把平安帶給小孩(中英文資源)

Updated: May 25

Let’s pray for peace in our little ones in the midst of this unprecedentedly hard time for the whole world. 在這個前所未有的艱難時刻,讓我們為小孩子祈禱,求神賜他們平安。


Artwork created by my 2-year-old daughter


Since the first day of school closure, my precious 2-year-old has been showing maturity. She did not ask to go out. She did not cry when she knew she could not go to school. She prayed for people who were sick. One night, when she prayed that people get well soon so that she can go to school again, I noticed that she sounded really sad and was upset. She also had nightmares for a few nights. We are careful not to instill fear in her, but I guess she knows something big is going on, even though during the day she is having fun and enjoying all the extra time with Daddy and Mommy. 學校停課開始,我的兩歲小寶貝就很懂事似的:她沒有嚷著要出去,沒有因為不能上學而哭,她甚至為生病的人祈禱。有一個晚上,她祈禱讓大家快好起來,讓她可以上學,我才發現她是有多麼悲傷和不安。有幾個晚上,她還造惡夢。我們盡量很小心,不讓她覺得恐懼,日間她總是開心地享受著和爸媽一起的額外時間,可是她好像知道有大事發生。


Our family sings every day, and recently my toddler has fallen in love with worship songs that are about peace. When we sing during this pandemic calamity, I myself find exceptional peace from God. The songs help me remember who our God is. 我們家每天都一起唱歌。最近,小寶貝愛上幾首關於平安的詩歌。在瘟疫中唱起這些歌,我覺得格外平安。這些歌讓我想起我們的神是怎麼樣的神。


Being busy preparing for my graduation project, I stopped to write this post, hoping that you and your family will also find peace in Him! 雖然我在忙著預備我的畢業功課,我還是停下來寫這篇文章,心裡很希望大家都能有從神而來的平安!


This post includes suggestions on how to support kids and worship songs and scripture recommendations (in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese). Hope you find them helpful! 這篇文章包括支援孩子的一些小建議,還有一些詩歌和經文推介(三種語言:英語、普通話、廣東話),希望能幫助大家!




How to Support Your Kids 如何支援你的小孩


  1. Remain calm 保持冷靜: Pay attention to your verbal and nonverbal reactions. Young kids sense panic and could feel insecure. Your calmness and presence are their great shelter. 請大家留心自己的言語、行為,因為小小孩特別能感受到你的焦慮與不安。你的冷靜和陪伴是他們最好的保障。

  2. Be extra patient 要格外有耐性: Children may feel concerned or anxious or want to ask questions about the pandemic. These days are not normal —for you or them—after all. Therefore, be prepared that they might act out because of their inner fear. Make time for them. Be there for them. 這些日子,你的孩子可能會不安或有很多關於瘟疫的疑問,他們的脾氣甚至會特別不好,請理解這是非常時期,他們心中可能恐懼。請給他們多一點時間,請多多陪伴他們!

  3. Listen to your children 聆聽他們: If your children talk about their feelings, let them talk and listen 👂patiently. If they have questions, answer them with facts. Be careful not to exaggerate or use high emotion words. I found that our nightly family prayer time 🙏 is a precious moment for all of us to open up and talk (or draw or paint) about our feelings and worries. [See Arts & Play Therapy in Education website for Covid-19 Draw & Write Activity] We cannot get rid of anxiety or solve all problems right away, but we can always leave our worries in God’s hands and know that He does loves us and cares for us. 如果你的孩子談到他們的感受,請細心聆聽,讓他們說。如果他們有問題,請以事實回答,避免誇大事情或使用強烈的情緒用語。我覺得我們家每晚的禱告時間很寶貴,大家可以表達心中所想(大家也可以用圖畫畫出心情或憂慮)。我們雖然不能馬上趕走不安或解決問題,但是我們可以把煩惱交到神的手中。祂愛我們,關心我們。

  4. Be reassuring 讓他們放心: In the midst of all abnormality, let them know that they always have you and God is always with all of you too. Tell them you love them. Give them a lot of hugs and kisses. Tell your kids that schools or places are closing for people’s safety and health. If true, let them know your friends and family are safe—have online meetings with them, if possible. ❤️ Check out "How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus" for useful guidelines on how to talk to children of different age groups.💬 Get some fresh air in your patio, yard, or a remote location.☀️縱然現正的生活不正常、不穩定,你們要讓小孩知道你依然在他們身邊,神也是一直與你們同在。告訴你的小孩,你愛他們。多擁抱!多親吻!告訴孩子,學校或其他地方關心是為了讓大家安全和健康。如果可以,告訴孩子你們的家人、朋友都很安全(如果可以,考慮跟家人朋友網上視像聊天吧)。不同年齡階段的小孩或青少年有不同的需要,對話、關心他們時要多注意。新鮮空氣也會讓人覺得舒服一點,大家可以花一點時間在前院、後院或偏遠的地方。

  5. Make your days more predictable 讓孩子知道當天的節目安排: We, human beings, just feel insecure with too many uncertainties. Children like to know what is ahead of them, too. Some parents help establish new routine under school closures. Some plan schedules for their children. I have been so busy but finally designed a schedule for my daughter. Guess what? My toddler loves her schedule. She likes to study her schedule, posted on her bedroom door at her eye level. It takes us less effort to ask her to join us for lunch or to nap! If you are not a schedule person, you do not have to worry about drawing up schedules; simply tell your kids what you are going to do that day or the day after. They will be happy with the verbal plan. If there are already-established family routines, just keep them! 對於未知之事情,人總覺得不安。小孩也喜歡知道多一點!學校停課後,家長可以幫忙建立新規律。我終於也給小寶貝設計了她的時間表,想不到她很喜歡呢!午餐、午睡都變得更合作。如何你不喜歡時間表,不用擔心——只要口頭上告訴你的孩子當天(和第二天)的活動行程就可以了!如果你們的家本來就有既定的節目活動,那就好好保持啊!

  6. Avoid news overload 避免接收過多的消息: While it is important to know official policies and get community updates, remember that you do not have to stress yourself out with the constant influx of news. In fact, too many conversations or too much TV about the pandemic can increase your children’s anxiety, especially the very little ones. Plan specific times for news. Also, choose more reliable sources. Sensational stories from social media are often false rumors. 雖然我們需要知道政府的政策或社區消息,但是我們不需要二十四小時知道一切,這樣會令人情緒緊張。其實,小孩(特別是小小孩)長期接觸疫症的新聞、消息,會變得特別焦慮。另外,大家選擇消息來源時,請選擇可靠的新聞,社交平台煽情的故事很多時候都是不盡不實的資訊。

  7. Take good care of yourself 好好照顧自己: We cannot take good care of our children if we are not well. Do not forget to sleep well and eat well. Get some exercise in your home or yard. Also, as parents, we have our worries and stress too. Don’t forget to talk to your partner or friends. Seek any form of support that you need. Pray to God about everything. Meditate on His attributes. Have peace in Him. 要是我們的身體或心靈生病了,我們就不能好好照顧孩子,所以切記要好好睡覺、好好吃東西、好好運動一下啊!我知道家長也有煩惱和壓力,別忘記可以和你的伴侶和朋友訴說心事!如果有不同的需要,記得尋求幫助啊!向神禱告,什麼都跟祂說!思想祂是怎麼樣的神。從神那裡得平安!



天父的花園 Father's Garden (Mandarin 普通話)


你們要把一切憂慮卸給上帝,因為祂眷顧你們。(彼得前書 5:7, CCBT)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7, NIV)



平安 Peace (Cantonese 廣東話)


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27, NIV) 我把平安留給你們,把我的CC給你們,我賜給你們的平安不像世人給的平安。你們心裡不要憂愁,也不要害怕。(約翰福音14:27, CCBT)


My Peace (English 英語)


神愛世人,甚至將祂的獨生子賜給祂們,叫一切信祂的,不至滅亡,反得永生。(約翰福音 3:16, CUVS) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV)


Jesus Loves Me This I Know 耶穌愛我我知道 (Mandarin 普通話)



Jesus Loves Me (English)


我的計劃不是要降禍給你們,而是要賜福給你們,使你們的未來充滿希望。這是耶和華說的。 那時,你們必呼求我,向我禱告,我也必垂聽。 你們尋求我,就必尋見。(耶利米書 29:11b-13a, CCBT) I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me. And I will listen to you. You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me! (Jeremiah 29:11b-13, ICB)



平安 Peace (Cantonese 廣東話)


平安 Peace (Mandarin)


耶和華是我的亮光,是我的救恩, 我還怕誰呢?

耶和華是我性命的避難所, 我還懼誰呢?

‭‭(詩篇‬ ‭27:1, ‭CNV‬‬)

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

(‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:1‬ , NIV‬‬)


我要向高山舉目 Lift My Eyes to the Hills (Mandarin 普通話)



I have also compiled a Spotify playlist with all the worship songs above. I will keep updating this playlist. Check it out! 我把以上的詩歌放到Spotify的播放清單,以後還要更新啊!



Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬) 願賜平安的主隨時隨事親自給你們平安!願主常與你們眾人同在!(‭‭帖撒羅尼迦後書‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭CUNP-神‬‬)



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