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Parent Minute

What happened to my compliant child?

Posted on 1/28/2016 by Greg Yoder

It happens. You wake up one morning and all of a sudden your son or daughter thinks you’ve lost your mind. Over night you went from the smartest person they know to the dumbest person on the planet. How does it happen? Well, it happened to me: my most compliant child—a teenager—now treating me as an outcast. Is it normal? I wish I knew. I’m no expert, but it is pretty common. How should we handle this change? Patience and lots of love. To be honest, I was heartbroken when this happened in our family. But guess what? She’s an adult and has kids of her own now. And guess what? I’m smart again. Trust Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (NKJV).

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 22:6

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