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The Secret Life of Parents

Listen in as we get to the heart of parents' real-life hopes, heartaches, and questions...

Ask parents in your ministry what they really want, and you likely hear a lot of "right" answers-something along the lines of teaching their children about God or leading their kids into a relationship with Jesus. These are akin to kids' "right" answers in Sunday school: No matter the question, the answer must be "Jesus!"...Right?

But we know that parents--who also often bear the roles of breadwinner, spouse, friend, mentor, volunteer, and so many more--aren't always expressing what they really need from your ministry. They typically aren't saying things like, "I need help teaching my child to be happy for others when they have so much more than we do," or "Our family is devastated; we discovered our teenage daughter is doing drugs and sleeping with older men. How do we handle this with our younger children in the home?"

The truth is, even though ministry is by nature personal and meaningful, so often parents resist truly opening up--for many reasons. They don't want to be judged; they're embarrassed; they feel overwhelmed; they don't want generic responses such as, "I'll pray for you" or "What would Jesus do?" Parents often struggle with a wide range of issues that lurk under their calm and collected surface--unspoken, unaddressed, unresolved, and unknown to others.

With this reality in mind, we asked scores of parents to anonymously open up to us about the very real issues they're dealing with right now. What we heard was surprising, honest, and, yes, sad at times. Venture with us through this secret window into a regular parent's thoughts and feelings. Listen in on the lingering whispers that tug at parents' hearts, the worries that consume them. You'll discover expert insights and maybe even a few new directions for your ministry.

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