It’s a rare opportunity. I have a prodigal son, soon-to-be-released from prison, who is clear-eyed, grown up, sober, and has returned to the Christ he has known all his life. In a phone call last night, I asked what advice he would give to parents.
It was painful to hear my parenting failures talked about. Again. Out loud. My son and I agree, though, that God has given us this chance to speak into the lives of others. We want to make it count! Here are his rules, mostly in his words.
Ricky’s Rules for Parenting
A Word From the Default Mom
Ricky and I have spent the past three years digging deep, working on, and analyzing ourselves and our relationship. Joining forces to fight addiction, co-dependency, grief, and anger have made all the difference. Still, Ricky’s list, which poured out in a 10-minute phone call, was hurtful to hear.
My sins as a parent have been confessed, forgiven, and I have repented of them. The scorch marks of those sins will remain forever. This is why I reach out to other parents, hoping some of you will see yourselves in what I write before it’s too late.
If you don’t believe me, believe Ricky, the Prodigal.
God’s Word on the Subject
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Grace is real–
Judy, the Default Mom