How Badly Do Kids Want Dads? Enough to want a Boot Camp Dad?

Kara Powell | Jan 8, 2014

Photo by Conor Keller.

How badly do kids want a parent to love and invest in them? This 30 second video from an episode of “Boot Camp My Preteen” (a show I’ve never seen, nor endorse) might surprise you.

In the midst of the past few weeks of holiday joy, I realized it’s also a season when young people are more aware of adults who are missing from their lives.

The holidays are a season when we think about how to show the young people in our families that we care. That’s a good thing. But I’m wondering this: What can we do to reach out to a young person outside of our own families and let them know we care?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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