Adult Friends

I recently walked with two parents through some difficult circumstances involving a teenage child. Dad and mom were blindsided by the discovery of some ongoing habits and poor behavioral choices. As a difficult parent-teen confrontation loomed on the horizon, there was genuine and justified concern about how their teenager would respond. Up to this point, the teen was living what appeared to be a life dedicated to following Jesus Christ. As we chatted through how to best address the matter, I asked the parents this question: Are there other adults in your church who your teen trusts and loves? The answer, thankfully, was “yes”. The investment made in forming relationships with older adults other than mom and dad could potentially pay great dividends as they looked ahead to what was going to be a difficult road. Parents, do all you can to help your kids build relationships with other caring Christian adults. They will support you by being there to love and lead your kids into the truth.