This afternoon one of my children came to me expressing they are really sad about a of couple things. I said I'd listen but they said they were fine handling it on their own- as they stood with tears in their eyes.
I broke out an old health teacher trick and put a full jug of vinegar in a backpack and then put it on my child's back.
Confused as to why I did that I shared that this is why children have parents - to help carry their burdens. So I took the backpack off my child, put it on myself and wore it around the kitchen while I made dinner. After a half hour or so I shared that I am not actually supposed to wear the burden either - that God wants to carry our burdens for us, that is one reason we pray.
For a child that is hit or miss about God, I said no more and wore the weighted backpack through dinner, while cleaning up, during bath time. All together I wore it for about three hours until my kids went to bed.
On the way upstairs my child who I was carrying the backpack for turned and said, "thanks for carrying that for me Mom." I smiled and said, "you know who is really carrying it right?" And my child smiled as well and said, "Yes, God."
This may not stick in my child's heart but it was a seed planted about who God is and that's good enough for me
"Carry each other's burdens" - Galatians 6:2