Parenting Blindspots.

"In the last couple of years, I have heard from multitudes of troubled...parents around the country...These parents have graduated their first batch of kids, only to discover that their children didn't turn out the way they thought they would. Many of these children were model [children] while growing up, but sometime after their 18th birthday they began to reveal that they didn't hold to their parents' values.

Some of these young people grew up and left home in defiance of their parents. Others got married against their parents' wishes, and still others got involved with drugs, alcohol, and immorality. I have even heard of several exemplary young men who no longer even believe in God. My own adult children have gone through struggles I never guessed they would face.

Most of these parents remain stunned by their children's choices, because they were fully confident their approach to parenting was going to prevent any such rebellion"

I ran across this excellent article today over at Joshua Harris' blog. It's targeted to parents who homeschool, but it really applies to all parents. It includes topics like elevating good things (an example: modesty) to levels that Jesus did not, imposing our dreams of family upon our children, and over-sheltering. This is an article every parent should read. Share|

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