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BFFS 4EVER

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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
snapshots.

• 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
parents did.

• 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
wears.

• 91 percent of parents and kids discuss personal safety
issues.

• 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
parents?

• Am I creating a safe atmosphere for parents to share
openly?

• Am I creating an infrastructure where parents feel supported in
crisis?

• Am I assuming the best about parents?

• Am I giving parents a forum where they can relate to other
parents?

• 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
what?

THEN AND NOW PARENTING

Consider these philosophical shifts in parenting over the past
few decades.

THEN

• Kids’ hands might’ve been slapped for handling the family’s new
VCR.

• Parents had all power and control; kids were to be seen and not
heard.

• Children were often considered an “incidental” of adulthood and
marriage; not an end, but part of the package.

NOW

• 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
out.

• 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.

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