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Mom and Dad, you’re not fair!

Posted on 8/11/2020 by Greg Yoder

If you’re anything like our family, there are wide gaps in our kids’ ages. My oldest son is 34. My youngest daughter is 17. I don’t treat my adult kids like I do my teenage daughter, and she reminds me of it all the time—but that’s okay. The reality is all of our kids need to be treated differently. We shouldn’t be giving the same responsibilities and privileges to a 7-year-old as we would a 17-year-old. Explain to little Jenna that our God-given job is to raise them to know Christ the best way we can. Now, that doesn’t mean “the same.” With age comes responsibility. And, with responsibility, trust. And, with trust, more responsibility. While our little ones might not get it now, as they come to know Christ, they’ll know it was God’s plan.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 2:10

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the president of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–all of them now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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