1. I love what you’ve written here. It’s so hard to think about wanting to protect my kids from the things I went through myself (and to tell my kids about how God was pursuing me through my years of rebellion), but also wondering whether hearing about my sins will lead them to believe that sinning is “no big deal” – after all, mom has been forgiven, right? That’s the thing that scares me the most. I want to teach that actions have consequences, but I wish I were a better example of faithfulness through difficult times. What do you think – is that a place for Christian biography? Any recommendations? Thanks for giving me more to think about. I appreciate you. 🙂

    1. I totally know where you’re coming from, Jeni! As my boys get older, my husband and I move more into a mentoring role with them (him more so than me being that they are guys.) The parenting relationship shifts a bit as they mature. We are no longer just training through the tantrums but also pointing out how the Enemy wants them to fall and walk away from the Lord. We show them both paths; the wise one and the foolish one and let them know it’s their choice as to what path they want to take. We take a proactive approach to share the consequences and the blessings from either path. And sometimes we use our own poor choices as examples. 🙂 I hope this helps!

  2. That was very good advice. I have encountered some of the same issues with my girls and you are right just bring them back to the fact that they are a gift from God and that He had a perfect plan in it all. He is so good!!

  3. Jolene,
    You are wise to suggest considering the child’s emotional and spiritual maturity. I prayerfully waited until my daughters were older teens and struggling with some dating issues to share my story. I hope it helped my girls know that while their mama wasn’t perfect, and very human (and lost), that they could learn from my mistakes and make better decisions. Transparency and a lack of embarrassment (at least on the outside) is important.

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