COMPASSION: Make sure that your work with children is based on a foundation of compassion and grace. Rules are necessary and structure is essential when working with kids. They may act like they don’t want it but they do, and they certainly need it. However, ministry to children must not be rules based but grace based, and filled with true compassion for them.
There is something about children and dogs. They instinctively know if someone cares for them and if someone does not. Be compassionate and let it show. Speak it. Reveal it. Live it. Be careful though not to let your compassion overrule wisdom and prudence, especially in these days of hypersensitivity. But if you are going to err, I believe in erring on the side of love.
Take Away: Ministry to children must not be rules based but grace based, and filled with true compassion for them.