Parents and kids are closer than ever, according to a study
conducted by Just Kid, a research, strategy, and innovation
company. Consider these parent-child relationship
• 69 percent of moms with young teenage girls call their daughters
their “best friend.”
• 51 percent of moms say they listen to their kids more than their
• 53 percent say they spend more time talking to their children
than their parents did.
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• 82 percent of kids give input on the clothing their mom
• 91 percent of parents and kids discuss personal safety
• 72 percent of parents and kids talk about religion.
Source: Just Kid
SHARPEN YOUR TOOLS
Use this checklist to guide you in partnering with parents. Am
I dedicating a large part of my focus to partnering with
• Am I creating a safe atmosphere for parents to share
• Am I creating an infrastructure where parents feel supported in
• Am I assuming the best about parents?
• Am I giving parents a forum where they can relate to other
• Am I educating the parents in my church?
• Am I dedicating time to learn about today’s culture?
• Am I keeping up with the issues kids face today?
• Am I a resource to parents when it comes to kids today?
• Am I approachable?
• Am I sending home accurate information on a regular basis about
what kids are learning?
• Am I supporting single moms and dads?
• Am I reminding parents to seize every moment?
• Am I reminding parents of the impact they have on their
children’s spiritual development every day, no matter
THEN AND NOW PARENTING
Consider these philosophical shifts in parenting over the past
• Kids’ hands might’ve been slapped for handling the family’s new
• Parents had all power and control; kids were to be seen and not
• Children were often considered an “incidental” of adulthood and
marriage; not an end, but part of the package.
• Parents eagerly hand over their new, outrageously expensive tech
gadgets for their kids to program and personalize.
• Kids have plenty of control-whether it’s purchasing power,
digital expertise, or headline-making abilities. Kids today have a
voice, and their parents recognize it…and frequently seek it
• Many parents consider their children to be the “crown jewels” of
their lives, going to extreme measures to bear, pamper, educate,
protect, and befriend them.