To the Heartbroken Mom of the Prodigal Child: Never Give Up

When my kids were little I wanted to know how to parent perfectly.

Give me a recipe and I follow it – to the letter.

The problem with a parenting formula is that the ingredients contain unstable elements like: human free will, sin propensity, and unique personality traits.

What happens when parents are blind-sided by their teen or young person’s decisions, choices, or sin-orientation?

One size does not fit all.

Parents negotiate hard places differently. It’s important to be respectful of how others approach a challenging situation.  

There are principles that are true for all challenges. How they are played out will be unique to the family, child, situation, struggle, and time. 

Lori Wildenberg
Lori Wildenberg
Lori Wildenberg is passionate about helping families build connections that last a life time. She is a licensed parent-family educator and co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. She has written 4 parenting books with Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home published by New Hope as her most recent. She is a parent consultant, national speaker, and lead Mentor Mom over at the Moms Together Facebook Community Page. Lori is a contributor to a number of on-line magazines. Every Monday you can find her blogging about faith and family at Mostly, Lori is wife to Tom and mom of four. The Wildenbergs' home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A perfect day in Lori's world is a hike with her hubby, four kids plus a daughter-in-love, and Murphy the family labradoodle.

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