One area where I struggle, is remembering people’s names. You know that when someone walks up to you in church and says “Hi Brother!” or “Hi Sister!”, then chances are they don’t know your name 🙂
A few years ago when I was helping in Sparks, there was a new girl who had attended and I was determined to call her by name. So the second week she came, I intentionally called her by name. So when I saw her, I intentionally began calling her by name – we’ll say Elizabeth. I intentionally called her by name for about 5 – 10 minutes until we began to head out to large group time. At that point she asked me, “Why are you calling me Elizabeth? My name is…”
Boy, was I embarrassed!
Now I am in a larger club with a lot of children I am meeting for the first time. I am still learning names, but now, I am intentional to ask them what their name is, even if it is every week, until I know that I know it and then I intentionally try to use it.
So learn the names of the children in your sphere of influence, their proper names, and use them. It will re-enforce to the child that you care about them.