The best parenting counsel often comes from those around you.
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Though parenting our kids should be the joy of our lives, it can also bring us some of the most incredible pain any human can experience. When it comes to the prodigal child, and particularly in Christian homes, two common errors we make are as follows. One, not sharing our grief with others in the faith, and two not drawing on the counsel of the wisdom of our elders. However, scripture tells us to both bear one another’s burdens and to seek the counsel of many.
Out of fear of being judged or shamed, we are often too quick to seek professional help from people who don’t really know us or our situations. Knowing there is a time for professional help, it may be wise for us to look first to those who know us best and love us most.
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