How to Say Good-bye

How to Say Good-bye

Graduation Day

I had a “moment” this week. It happened when I was helping out at a high-school graduation party for some of the teens in our church youth group. As I watched them joking around with each other, I had a feeling of wanting to keep that evening, to preserve it as it was. This moment can never be re-created because everything, including the kids themselves, will change.

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Don’t Be Discouraged

Don’t Be Discouraged

Default parenting is a thankless job. So is “regular” parenting. Sometimes, we’re trying to row upstream against the rapids, and sometimes we’re becalmed in the fog.

Wherever you are in your parenting journey, take heart. Help is on the way.

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A Prodigal Speaks: Advice for Parents

A Prodigal Speaks: Advice for Parents

My Prodigal, Ricky

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.

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Parenting a Prodigal: Get Over Your Guilt

Parenting a Prodigal: Get Over Your Guilt

Guilt: You’re drowning in it!

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.

Your teen or young-adult child has gone off the rails. They have rejected you, your values, or their former friends. Maybe they’ve dropped out of school or taken up a dangerous or defiant behavior. You feel as if you don’t know them at all–or that you didn’t really know them in the first place.

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