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Are you overparenting?

Posted on 3/25/2017 by Greg Yoder

I was reading an article a while ago about overparenting. What is it? It’s a parent who’s “excessively involved in the day-to-day life of one’s child..., typically in the desire to shield them from difficult situations or help them succeed.”Do we do too much for our kids? President of Growing Leaders Tim Elmore thinks so. He says when you’re a hovering parent making every decision, especially for your tween and teens, they may not be equipped to deal with critical decisions when you’re not there. I think we can all agree—we need balance. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “train up a child in the way”—of the Lord (ESV). In Ephesians 6:4, it says to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (ESV). As we do this, pray the Holy Spirit changes their heart so they can make godly decisions.

1 From Oxforddictionaries.com

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4

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