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It’s Never Too Late to Parent

Posted on | June 6, 2015 | No Comments

Parenting is hard, even if you have great kids like I do. What do you do?

Successfully parenting teenagers is a series of resolved crises.

I wish someone had told me that before I became the parent of one. Looking back, I should have known. I was a teen once, after all. And that’s how I’d describe my teenage years­—one seeming crisis after another.

Actually, that’s just about how all parents I know describe their parenting. The crises change, and some are big and some are small, but they are real to all involved.

But no matter the crisis, no matter how many there have been, it’s not too late.

You see, I know that many parents feel that it is too late. They’ve had one too many crises. Or, they were away too much. Or, they’ve made too many mistakes.

But, that’s just not the case.

It is never too late for you to start. If they are still in your house, you can make a difference. And actually, even though you have much less influence, you can even start if they are out of the house.

I’m not a perfect dad. Donna is not a perfect mom. And, we have imperfect kids. But, we try hard.

Our kids are not yet through the teen years, so we are in the midst of it all. Here are a few things that we do to make it through.

First, expect the best.

We don’t buy into the low expectations of teenagers. As a pastor, I don’t buy into the stereotype of pastor’s kids.

I expect my kids to know the Lord and to grow in Him. I don’t think their dropping out is inevitable, and real research shows that. A strong majority of evangelical parents have evangelical kids, despite all the (false) doom-and-gloom statistics you may have heard.

When we have low expectation, kids live up to them. It’s never too late to have …

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