Perfectionism and Legalism
It’s very easy for us to get into a perfectionistic mode with our kids in certain areas of life and parenting. As Christian parents, sometimes legalism is the result.
This is a great formula for teen rebellion; so, here’s some radical advice. Be in prayer for God’s perfect will and timing on this. When your child leasts expects it and least deserves it—when Junior has totally blown it—try blessing your child with an act of grace that nobody could have ever expected.
If you’re in communion with God about this, you’ll know the proper time and place for this. But, this radical act of grace will emulate Christ’s love on the cross and throw Junior a welcome curve ball—bonding the two of you like never before.
Conversation Starter: Does perfectionism and legalism run ramped in your home? Do you practice random acts of grace with your teenager?