Taking one cue from schools, we started offering annual parent/leader conferences. We were a little nervous about whether parents would respond, but were surprised when so many parents signed up to come the first year. What’s more, we’ve been surprised by how this response has grown each year we have offered these times. It’s becoming one of the major hallmarks of our student ministry.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Emerging Adults: Parenting Strategies for Launching Kids into Adulthood, Part 1
Bugs are a big deal at our house, and this time of year my boys and I love to observe butterflies in each of their life stages. From caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly, we marvel at the magnificence and beauty of the transformation.
I noticed something different that weekend about how I treated my daughter and son. Perhaps I noticed it because I have been on the lookout for it for a long time. Or perhaps I was aware of the difference because I have been asking my clients to pay close attention to the same thing.
“I think you are going to have to let him fail… ”. I often have found myself telling parents this over the years. I’ve said it as a pastor to parents whose kids are in my ministry. I’ve also said it to parents whose kids are in therapy with me.
We at FYI are becoming more and more interested in understanding and maximizing grandparents’ impact on teenagers. Part of that is because of how many grandparents show up at our Sticky Faith events, just as eager for ideas to help build faith in kids as parents.
Getting Parents On Board (Hint: They already are): Reimagining the parent–youth worker relationship as a way forward
If you’re a youth worker, you’ve probably heard the news by now: parents trump you.
"The way stuff is today is so different than how it was in the Bible, and that’s why people can’t really relate."