The Secret Life of Parents

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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.

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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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